Game 3 between Tampa and Pittsburgh provided the evening’s questionable acts of violence within a span of about five minutes in the first period. First, Steve Downie saw Raffi Torres’ Steve Downie hit on Brent Seabrook and raised him a leaping Dean McAmmond-killing style hit on Pittsburgh’s Ben Lovejoy right before Maxime Talbot opened the scoring at 5:46.
Talbot’s first of the playoffs wiped out the sure charging call that Downie would have sat for, but the Torres scale of hits in the mystical land of ‘behind the net’ should net this at least a look from the league.
Flash forward to 10:49 of the first and Chris Kunitz channels the ghost of Matt Cooke with a blatant elbow to Simon Gagne’s head. Kunitz was assessed a 2-minute minor (seriously, that’s it?) on the play.
Kunitz should sit for this one. If his name was Trevor Gillies or Matt Cooke then he’d be looking for work in Lubbock, TX tomorrow. Neither Gagne or Lovejoy stayed down, which will probably allow the NHL to avoid ‘making an example’ of Kunitz or Downie.
Pittsburgh took the game 3-2, going up 2-1 in the series. Game 4 could be played with Chris Kunitz watching from the pressbox if there is any justice in this NHL. I would not be shocked to see Downie get nothing, but his reputation could just easily cost him a game.
Will we see a suspension or two?