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Mike Cammalleri could be facing a suspension after ugly slashing incident against Islanders

Oct 2, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

GYI0060552015-cammalleri-jimmcisaac-getty.jpgWe’re going to have ourselves some controversy even before the season gets underway. Tonight in Quebec City, Montreal’s Mike Cammalleri lost his head a little bit trying to goad Islanders rookie Nino Niederreiter into a fight after taking exception to a play earlier in the game.

What happened saw Cammalleri high-sticking, cross checking, and then ultimately slashing Niederreiter in the ankle, dropping the rookie to the ice. Cammalleri was given a five-minute major for slashing and a game misconduct. You can see video of the chain of events here at YouTube.

After seeing the video, the most egregious thing Cammalleri does here is use “Dr. Hook” McCracken of “Slap Shot” fame’s technique for instigating a fight by poking at Niederreiter in the face with his stick. Slashing him in the ankle is about as low as it gets. Perhaps Cammalleri should leave the fighting to guys that actually fight instead.

The NHL will be looking into the incident according to CJ Stevenson of Sun Media, meanwhile Niederreiter is out of the game with a bruised ankle. The Islanders don’t expect the injury to be at all serious. Whether or not the league decides to punish the action over the result will be interesting to see.

(Photo: Jim McIsaac – Getty Images)

  1. mike - Oct 2, 2010 at 10:51 PM

    that will probably be a game or 2 suspension for gross misconduct

  2. Riyn - Oct 3, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    This should be a yearly if not a lifetime ban. The actions of Cammalleri were MURDEROUS and thsat is a fact. He dileberately intended to cripple another player in a meaningless prerseason game to boot.

  3. Stain - Oct 3, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    No place for this in the game today.
    First he swipes at the guys face, then tries to hack off his ankle.
    Should be a huge suspension…he should be ashamed of himself.

  4. Jill - Oct 4, 2010 at 1:25 AM

    What Cammi did was wrong, however Niederreiter hit him in the face with an elbow when he couldn’t even see him. That’s also a suspension worthy penalty that didn’t get called. Cammi shouldn’t have reacted that way, but both hits were wrong.

  5. Kevin - Oct 4, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    Get over it already! It’s all part of the game when tempers flare up. I’m not saying his actions were justifiable but the emotions take over sometimes and players act before really understanding the severity of their actions…then it’s to late. FYI, this wasn’t the first deliberate action by a player to injure another. He didn’t break the ankle just some bruising. They allow fighting in hockey, but if someone were to die from a blow to the head on the ice..what then? This is part of hockey gentlemen and like I said, get over it already!

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