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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Avalanche winger Steve Downie was a physical presence in the game. He injured Nashville defenseman Roman Josi with a big hit, and was assessed a charging penalty that might draw the attention of NHL director of player safety Brendan Shanahan in the coming day.

Downie retaliated after Nashville defenseman Shea Weber jabbed Matt Duchene in the face a couple times with his glove. Downie was involved in a fight in the third period with Nashville's Eric Nystrom and took a high stick to the eye from Craig Smith earlier, which drew a penalty.

Nashville wasn't happy over the hit by Downie, which Gaustad called “just a dumb hit,” while Preds coach Barry Trotz said he expects Downie to receive a suspension.

But Roy doesn't think so.

“That was a great hit I thought. I don't know, I need to re-look at it, but I thought it was a fair check. What I like about Steve is: he's a great leader right now on this team. He's playing hard,” Roy said. “Everybody is rattled by him, but he stays calm, he stays focused. I'm not sure he is, but he says 'Patty, I'm under control, I'm under control.' I said, 'OK, let's keep going then.'”

more on the game and watch the hit below...



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from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,

The Predators were not exactly thrilled with Steve Downie’s flying hit toward Roman Josi’s head that knocked Nashville’s blueliner out of Friday’s 3-1 loss to the Avalanche with an upper-body injury.

In fact, they were downright disgusted with it.

“I take issue with that,” Predators forward Paul Gaustad said. “He’s one of those players who looks for the crowd to cheer him on or something like that. I don’t know … it was a dumb hit and we know who did it. We play these guys several times this year.”


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/05/13 at 07:18 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Downie’s skates were on the ice at contact. No matter how much the whining Preds fans whine, the DoPS is not going to see this as a leap. The skates leave the playing surface as a result of the hit.

The hit is also on the centerline of Josi’s body. The head is not “picked”, but is part of the unavoidable portion of where Downie is allowed to check his man here.

Additionally, Josi’s last turn up the ice is part of what makes contact with the head unavoidable.

I don’t particularly think it’s charging either, but if the DoPS wants to punish on a charge that happened to result in an injury, then all I want is for them to call that charging every time, because every time it doesn’t involve a guy with Steve Downie’s history, it’s just a big check instead.

Shea Weber punching Duchene twice in the head during the course of the play and then coming immediately after Downie’s head in the aftermath of this check should warrant a review from the DoPS. I think a fine would be suitable for his repeated caveman antics.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 10/05/13 at 08:37 AM ET

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I dont even think a charging penalty is fair, for this hit, and I hate the Avs as much as anyone here…  lol

Just another case of a dumb ass player going head first into a hit, and the rest of the team overreacting about it

Posted by Zqto on 10/05/13 at 10:28 AM ET

Paul's avatar

In case you were wondering, NHL will take no action on Downie.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/05/13 at 10:39 AM ET

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Added 2 tweets from Shanahan to the post regarding the Downie hit.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/05/13 at 12:24 PM ET

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