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by George Malik on 05/22/11 at 03:29 PM ET
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steve Downie suffered what is probably a concussion via a hit from Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton on Saturday, but Downie was assessed a penalty for “unsportsmanlike conduct” do to his…reputation for embellishing calls:
On the play, which came with 2:35 left, Downie was checked into the boards behind the Bruins net by Horton, who was initially called for boarding (later changed to roughing). Downie was slow to get to the bench afterward and headed straight for the locker room.
Lightning LW Simon Gagne said he was surprised to see Downie called for diving but added Downie’s reputation for getting into conflicts could have played a role.
“He’s Steve Downie, so maybe it’d be a little different if it’s me or somebody else,” Gagne said. “It’s part of his game. We don’t want him to change it.”
Boucher said he had never seen a call like that but praised the referees for how they’ve done in Tampa.
“If it’s a mistake and the (referees) make only one during the entire game, they’re like coaches and players if they limit their mistakes,” Boucher said. “The referees have been great the past two games. They let the players play. It’s not a cheap series.”
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