It might not be worth a suspension, but the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is certainly going to be taking a look at an ugly knee-on-knee collision between Columbus’ Brandon Dubinsky and Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek.
Late in the first period of Saturday’s game, Voracek collected a loose puck in the neutral zone after the Blue Jackets had chipped it out of their defensive zone. When Voracek grabbed the puck, Dubinsky was coming toward him, but the Flyers winger had space to operate on his forehand and attempted to leap around the attacking Blue Jackets center. But as Voracek stepped to his left, Dubinsky attempted to hit Voracek and clipped him with an outstretched leg:
Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds jumped Dubinsky following the hit and it took several minutes for the referees to sort out the penalties. When all was said and done, though, Dubinsky received two minutes for kneeing and five minutes for fighting, while Simmonds got two for instigating, five for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct.
Voracek was able to get up and head to the bench, and he didn’t need to head to the dressing room. Voracek remained on the bench for the final 1:14 of the first frame, and was back on the ice for the start of the second period. In the second frame, he skated nearly six minutes and there didn’t appear to be any long-lasting discomfort as result of the knee-on-knee from Dubinsky.
Dubinsky has already been suspended once this season for a crosscheck to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.