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Downie’s words confirmed, NHL fines him $2,500 for leaving the bench

Dec 13, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

Artem Anisimov, Steve Downie AP

Steve Downie is at least an honest guy when it comes to breaking news.

Last night Downie said that he was going to be fined for leaving the bench on a legal line change to start a fight against the Rangers last week and it turns out he was right.

The NHL fined Downie the maximum allowable amount under the current CBA of $2,500 for his part in causing a dust up after Artem Anisimov made everyone on Tampa Bay upset with his “sniper” goal celebration.

Even though Downie has a history of suspensions, his altercation this time around was mostly legal in that he left the bench on a legal line change. Had he left the bench wantonly he would’ve been suspended 10-games automatically.

The Lightning can’t afford to be without anyone for any amount of time, so Downie being fined works out well for them. Perhaps next time someone celebrates a goal in ridiculous fashion against Tampa Bay, Downie will make sure to just shake his fist angrily from the bench.

  1. jpelle82 - Dec 13, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    anyone remember what Godard got for leaving bench to defend Johnson against the islanders last year? i believe it was 10 GAMES. how is this different? because Downie made it look like he was changing lines by waving a guy off the ice so he could go fight? i didnt know there was a grey area there but i guess you learn something new everyday

    • cshearing - Dec 13, 2011 at 12:04 PM

      Downie did not “make it look like” a line change; it was a line change. A player came off, Downie went on. That’s all the difference in the world, and hardly a grey area.

      • jpelle82 - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:00 PM

        he was sitting on the boards and waved a guy off the ice once he saw what was happening. the league aknowledged the fact that he left the bench during an altercation to join the fray so they fined him…but didnt feel it was worthy of the suspension. seems to me that there was discretion involved in the disciplinary decision which infers that there is a grey area i didnt know about.

  2. blastfurnaceknows - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    It actually gets exhausting pointing out all the ways the NHL is hypocritical. Downie left the bench during an altercation to fight. The precedent set has been 10 games. The rule states clearly it has to be 10 games. He got a $2500 fan. It is a joke. The league is a joke. It’s disciplinary measures are a joke. Shannahan is a joke. And Bettman is an ugly, incompetent, running bad joke.

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