Kunitz, Downie Suspended For Game 4

By: Casey Shea

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning will be forced to make roster changes for Game 4 Wednesday night.

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, both Chris Kunitz and Steve Downie have been suspended for one game for hits they dolled out in Game 3.

In the first period, Downie left his feet to hit Ben Lovejoy behind the Penguins’ net.

Lovejoy was hit after making a pass that eventually led to Max Talbot scoring the game’s first goal. A penalty was going to be called on the play, but Talbot’s goal negated it.

Later in the first period, Kunitz delivered an elbow to the head of Simon Gagne in front of the Penguins’ net.

Kunitz was assessed a two-minute minor for elbowing, but Tampa Bay was unable to cash in on the power play.

The puck will drop for Game 4 Wednesday night at 7 p.m.


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  • Bucky

    I know that Kunitz’ elbow was Bad, but Downie only getting one game as a repeat offender is WRONG!! Lets go Pens!!

  • pensforever

    Downie is a thug. He deserves 5 games not just one.

  • Dan

    You have to be kidding! Downie’s play was 100 times worse than what Kunitz did!

  • Lenny Becker

    I agree with both of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When you are a repeat offender, Suspentions should get bigger!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ron

    I realize both hits were illegal but the seriousness of the hits differed greatly. As noted by other writers, Downie is a repeat (and recent) offender. The league office is really making enforcement inconsistent. This is supposed to be a serious area of concern, so get it right.

  • Ryan

    The NHL office won’t make any big moves like a suspension for 5 games during the playoffs. They do not want to make waves. Instead they want this to go away and act like it never happened. I can just imagine the hit Downie will put on a Pen when we are wrapping up the series in Game 5.

    • John

      yes and no. You say “during the playoffs”, yet the specifically suspended Cook for the first round of the playoffs. In essence, the same thing as if they would suspend Downie for more than just a game. The inconsistencies are really disturbing.

  • Jacrieadastra

    The N.H.L. is turning the sport into an inconsistant, bush league. They call ticky tac penalties and ignore major infractions with no consequence to the officials. Mario is right about the league needing to call the game according to the the rules that they came up with. There is no reason for the officials to tuck their whistle away at the end of games. If this sport wants to be considered legit, the league needs to clean up its act or it will wind up like boxing.

  • John

    yes and no. You say “during the playoffs”, but keep in mind that the NHL specifically stated first round of playoff suspension for Cook. The inconsistency in suspensions is disturbing.

    • John

      oops..first reply _finally_ showed up in response to Ryan.

  • Matt

    Downies a repeat offender and should have gotten at least suspended for the rest of the series, he left his feet and went to the head. His hit made Cooke’s hit look like nothing, who cares just win games 4 and 5 and we can forget about this……LETS GO PENS!!!!!!!!

    P.S anyone know bettman and/or colin campbells e-mail, they are the two worst people to have handing out suspensions, they are so inconsistent

  • davee

    suspensions should be doled out for the totally inept officiating throughout this game.

  • jimmy

    suspend the rest of the season. hockey is and always will be on the bottom of the sports chart. the rules are silly and the officals have too much input.

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