Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Downie fined, not suspended
By Pierre LeBrun
The NHL has fined Steve Downie an undisclosed amount, but has chosen not to suspend the Tampa Bay Lightning winger for his incident with Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby on Sunday.
Downie told the St. Petersburg Times that he was fine $1,000 for taking down Crosby during Sunday's game. Downie said he spoke to league disciplinarian Colin Campbell on Tuesday morning. He also confirned there will not be a suspension.
"He called it a dangerous play," Downie said.
Downie received a two-minute penalty for roughing 40 seconds into Sunday's game after taking down Crosby in a play that saw both players' legs lock. The Penguins captain bent over backwards on his left leg and appeared hurt, but played the rest of the game.
Downie has been in trouble with the NHL before. In 2007, he was suspended 20 games for a check to the head of Ottawa's Dean McAmmond during a preseason game.
Pierre LeBrun covers the NHL for ESPN.com.