Dubinsky ejected for hit on Ducks' Koivu

Sunday, 10.27.2013 / 8:30 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky was assessed a five-minute major penalty for interference and also a game misconduct at the 19:25 mark of the second period of tonight's game at Nationwide Arena.

Koivu, who was injured on the play and did not return to the game, appears to play the puck within a second of colliding with Dubinsky. Play continued in the Columbus zone for a few seconds after the hit, before a scrum ensued to the side of Sergei Bobrovsky's net. 

Officials did not make an initial call on the play but after convening at center ice, Dubinsky was assessed the penalty. 

Here are Dubinsky's post-game comments:

"Obviously, I don't think I'm a dirty player and I don't think I was targeting his head. I understand the league is trying to crack down on hits to the head, and I don't think it was one. You never want to hit somebody and hurt them. It's a game, we're all competitive and you want to make sure that everybody's safe. Like I said, I don't think I targeted his head there and I feel bad that Koivu didn't return to the game." 

On the play itself:

"I was just going to finish my check. I know he moved the puck, but it was less than a second between him moving the puck and the hit actually happening. I thought I hit him square and there was no malicious intent behind it. The refs didn't have the call...the linesman made the call and they said he made the call. I'm not a dirty player; I play the game honest. I went out there to make a body check, not to injure Koivu." 

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2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 3 3 1 1 4
B. Dubinsky 3 0 4 0 4
M. Calvert 3 2 1 3 3
R. Johansen 3 1 2 0 3
B. Jenner 3 1 2 -1 3
D. Savard 3 0 3 1 3
C. Atkinson 3 1 1 1 2
D. MacKenzie 3 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 3 1 0 0 1
J. Skille 3 0 1 -1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 2 0 .904 3.32
 
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