Things got a little out of hand late in the second period of tonight’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets. In an already tight and chippy game with no goals to speak of through two periods, Brandon Dubinsky and Sidney Crosby got into an old fashioned battle for positioning in front of the net. Dubinsky had just finished a nice check on Crosby in the corner. Not backing down, Sid worked his way to he top of the crease and set up shop. Dubinsky was having none of it and delivered two cross checks. Unfortunately, the second one landed across Crosby’s ear and he immediately went down. Not finished yet, Dubinsky laid a third cross check across his exposed lower back, probably just to make sure he wasn’t faking. After Bautista tossing his now broken stick and staring down his prey for a final few seconds, he took the skate to the box to serve a two minute minor for cross checking. Crosby was clearly injured and went straight to the dressing room.

In the NHL of protected superstars and head shot hangings there is no way the league shouldn’t take a look at this for possible further discipline. In the same NHL where a deliberate cross check to the head causing immediate injury is two minutes but an accidental high stick that barely clips a guy but draws blood is four minutes, chances are this will be the last we hear about it.

 

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