Cross Checks: Matt Carkner

From the official NHL release:


NEW YORK (April 15, 2012) -- Ottawa Senators forward Matt Carkner has been suspended for one game for continuing to inflict punishment upon an opponent who was an unwilling combatant in an altercation during Game 2 of the team's Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with the New York Rangers in New York on Saturday, April 14, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

Carkner instigated an altercation with New York forward Brian Boyle, who did not respond. After knocking Boyle to the ice with two punches, Carkner continued to throw punches at his opponent, who was an unwilling combatant. Carkner's actions classified him as an "aggressor" under NHL rules.

The incident occurred at 2:15 of the first period. Carkner was assessed a minor penalty for instigating, a major penalty for fighting and a game misconduct.

For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please click on the following link:

Rangers-Senators turns nasty

April, 14, 2012
NEW YORK -- The Rangers-Senators series got a little nastier Saturday night as a heated brawl in the opening minutes of play resulted in Senators defenseman Matt Carkner and Brandon Dubinsky both getting tossed.

Carkner wasted no time going after Rangers forward Brian Boyle early in the first, unleashing a flurry of punches on the hulking centerman while he was down on the ice. He earned 17 penalty minutes for his attack, including a game misconduct, but the Rangers lost a player in the melee as well. Dubinsky, who jumped in to help Boyle while under siege, was ejected for being the third man in on a fight.

Dubinsky was livid after being assessed a match penalty; he was screaming at officials on his way from the penalty box to the Rangers' bench and upended a Gatorade cooler as he headed off the the Rangers' training room.

Boyle, who roughed up Ottawa's top defenseman Erik Karlsson two nights prior, was targeted again after that in the first by tough guy Chris Neil. He accepted Neil's invitation and dropped the gloves against the bruising Senators winger.