The rivalry between Brandon Dubinsky and Sidney Crosby continued Friday night as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime. During the second period, Dubinsky cross-checked Crosby in the neck and then broke his stick on a second blow after the Penguins captain fell to the ice.
Those actions were enough for the Department of Player Safety to hold a hearing with Dubinsky on Saturday and later hand him a one-game suspension.
(So I guess this means Matthew Barnaby is out a grand?)
“I'm not surprised,” Crosby said afterward, via the Tribune-Review. “If I was going to get one of those shots, it would probably be from him.”
Dubinsky defended his actions saying via the Columbus Dispatch, “I felt like my stick ride up his back a little bit. He’s kind of bent over there in front. But again, that’s not the type of player I am. I’m going to play hard, but try and play fair and play in between the whistle."
Dubinsky will miss Saturday night’s game against the St. Louis Blues and donate $31,451.61 of salary to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
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