Once again, a frustrated team at the tail-end of a one-sided loss increased physicality and triggered some fisticuffs.
In Game 2, it was the Flames, and Deryk Engelland narrowly avoided suspension. In Game 3, it was the Canucks, and we’ll see what happens with Alex Burrows. He was assessed a game misconduct for instigating a fight with Kris Russell late in the third period following a big hit to Johnny Gaudreau (which he was already being penalized for).
Burrows levied with an instigator in the final 5 minutes would be an automatic 1 game suspension. NHL will review, though, so we’ll see.
— Pat Steinberg (@Fan960Steinberg) April 20, 2015
Here’s the relevant part of the rulebook (via the NHL’s official PDF of their rulebook):
Based on the letter of the law, unless the league feels the officials really got it wrong with the instigator, we’ll see Burrows get dinged with a one-game suspension and Willie Desjardins get a $10,000 wallet-lightening.
Dan Hamhuis also took a late-game penalty for hitting Sam Bennett in the head, but Bennett finished the game and didn’t appear to have any injury, so I personally doubt there are any further supplemental discipline following Game 3.
— Ryan Pike (@RyanNPike) April 20, 2015