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Dubinsky will have a hearing on Saturday for his cross check on Crosby (updated)

Crosby went to the Pens' room following the play while Dubinsky was assessed a minor penalty.
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Columbus Blue Jackets' forward Brandon Dubinsky will have a hearing on Saturday for his cross check on Pittsburgh Penguins' captain Sidney Crosby, the NHL's Department of Player Safety announced.

Dubinsky was assessed a minor penalty for cross-checking late in the second period of the Blue Jackets 2-1 overtime win.

Crosby went straight to the Pens' room, but did return for the start of the third period.

"Yeah, I’m OK. There’s always concern when that happens, but I’m fine," Crosby said postgame. "I didn’t even see it so I’m not sure how it looked, I just know how it felt. I think other people have eyes on it. I’m not sure if the officials saw it or not."

Crosby has had previous run-ins with Dubinsky, including a fight last February.

"I’m not surprised, if that’s what you’re asking. I’m probably not surprised," Crosby said of Dubinsky delivering the cross check. "If I was going to get one of those shots, it’d probably be from him."

For his part, Dubinsky said he wasn't trying to hurt Crosby on the play.

"There’s no secret. I try to play (Crosby) as hard as I can," Dubinsky said postgame per Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch. "That being said, I don’t try and do anything dirty. I felt like my stick (rode) 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. I think the stick rode up a little bit, but it wasn’t malicious or vicious or too hard in my opinion."

Dubinsky's cross check has drawn comparisons to Jets' defenseman Dustin Byfuglien's cross check on Rangers' forward J.T. Miller last March. Byfuglien was suspended for four games.

Crosby, who has five goals and eight assists through the first 21 games of the season, has a history of concussion and neck issues.

"Those are the kind of hits a player can be hurt real bad with," Penguins' general manager, Jim Rutherford, told Dave Molinari of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Dubinsky has not been suspended previously, but was fined $10,000 in February 2013 for boarding L.A. Kings' defenseman Rob Scuderi.


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