Dallas Stars defenseman Jason Demers was tossed from Sunday’s game against the New York Islanders following his hit on Islanders’ forward Cal Clutterbuck.
Demers was assessed a five minute major for boarding and a game misconduct for the hit on Clutterbuck at 5:07 of the second period.
Clutterbuck immediately went to the Islanders room following the hit, but later returned to the game.
Following the Islanders 6-5 win over the Stars, Lindy Ruff was asked about the Demers ejection. The Dallas head coach didn't believe the hit warranted more than a minor penalty.
“I think the guy that got hit has a history of diving,” Ruff said per Mark Stepneski. “I looked at the play. I don’t think he elbowed him, I don’t think he did anything really. And he didn’t seem to be hurt, but he sold a pretty good one to us. Maybe he deserved a minor penalty. That’s my take on it.”
Demers has a history with the league’s department of player safety.
The 27-year-old was suspended for two games in October for elbowing Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Nick Bonino