Downie worried about hits from behind

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Steve Downie said he’s learned his lesson.

The Tampa Bay Lightning forward is wondering when his peers will learn theirs.

Downie was crosschecked into the boards by Montreal Canadien forward Maxim Lapierre Wednesday night on a play where he wasn’t expecting to get hit from behind. It occurred just inside the Tampa blue line late in the second period. Lapierre extended his arms, sending the unsuspecting Downie tumbling into the boards. Lapierre was given a five-minute major for boarding.

“Now that I go over the play, I should have expected him to do something. He’s going to do something like that,” said Downie. “Then he’s not going to fight. That’s his way of doing things.”

A lot of people will think it’s the pot calling the kettle black, but Downie -- who was suspended for 20 games for a leaping hit on Dean McAmmond of the Ottawa Senators in 2007 -- was calling Wednesday night for some sanity.

“When I came into the league I was young and I had a lot to learn,” he said. “Guys have to be accountable. I’ve been guilty of it myself, but people have got to learn. These are guys’ jobs, guys’ lives. You can’t be hitting from behind or hitting guys in the head.”


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