With just 1:20 left in the second period of Friday’s game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Pittsburgh Penguins, Brandon Dubinsky gave Sidney Crosby a shot to the neck while the two were battling in front.
Crosby, who has a history of neck and head injuries, went right to the dressing room and Dubinsky was given a two-minute minor for cross-checking.
After the game, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced that Dubinsky would have a hearing for the cross-check and possibly face supplemental discipline.
Crosby told reporters that he wasn’t surprised it was Dubinsky who gave him the shot, given the tumultuous history between the two players. Dubinsky said his stick “rode up” on Crosby and that he didn’t intend to injure the superstar.
The comparison being drawn to Dubinsky’s cross-check is Dustin Byfuglien’s check on J.T. Miller last season, for which the Jets defenceman received a four-game suspension.
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