Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky faces supplemental discipline hearing with NHL VP of hockey Brendan Shanahan following a boarding penalty on Los Angeles Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi during the Kings' 4-2 win in Nationwide Arena on Tuesday, The Dispatch has learned.
The play occurred at 11:29 of the second period. Dubinksy dumped the puck around Scuderi at the blue line and the two gave chase, meeting at the end boards behind Kings' goaltender Jonathan Quick.
Scuderi, his knees slightly bent, is slowing up to corral the puck when Dubinsky follows in him into the boards, applying his left forearm between Scuderi's shoulders and finishing his check. Scuderi's face was thrust directly into the rail along the boards, sending him face first to the ice. His right eye was badly swollen, but Scuderi returned to the game before the end of the second.
"Plays happen fast," Dubinsky said. "I think he definitely felt me. I grabbed him and then I tried to get body position on him. I wasn’t trying to take a run at him. I’ve been in the league for a long time and I’ve never had a major for anything other than fighting. It’s a tough call. Obviously I’m not the type of player that goes out and tries to go after players to hurth them."
After the game, Scuderi took a pass when asked by the Los Angeles Times if he felt Dubinsky should be punished further.
"That's not my decision," Scuderi said. "That's the league's decision, and it's in their hands."
Dubinsky was given a five-minute boarding major, a 10-minute game misconduct and a game misconduct. He also picked up five minutes for fighting when Kings forward Mike Richards jumped him only seconds after the hit.
"I'm not going to talk about whether I liked (the call) or didn't like it," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said after last night's game. "They called it and now we have to deal with whatever comes with it."
Dubinsky has never been suspended by the NHL.
Dubinsky Faces Hearing
Columbus Dispatch | Feb 6