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Suspension worthy? Quincey ejected for high elbow on Kopecky

Apr 1, 2012, 9:54 PM EST

Just eight seconds after Jiri Hudler scored a goal for Detroit and tied Sunday’s game against Florida at 1-1 in the third period, Kyle Quincey nearly cost his team the game. Quincey delivered a vicious and perhaps suspension worthy check on Florida’s Tomas Kopecky. You can take a look at it and judge for yourself below.

Quincey’s skates left the ice and his elbow appeared to make contact with Kopecky’s head. It’s no wonder that Quincey got a game misconduct as well as a five-minute major for elbowing. Detroit managed to kill off the penalty, thanks in part to Florida’s Dmitry Kulikov getting a two-minute minor for tripping, which led to some four-on-four hockey. The Red Wings went onto win 2-1 in a shootout.

After the game, Quincey defended his actions.

“I don’t know if he slipped, but I think he was falling when I went to hit him and his head hit me in the hip or like low here,” said Quincey, pointing to his forearm. “I just tried to make a good body check and I’m glad he’s OK.”

Kopecky, who used to play with Quincey when they were both members of AHL Grand Rapids, didn’t sound ready to let him off the hook.

“He just elbowed me in the face. I thought that was the kind of thing we want to eliminate from the game,” Kopecky said. “I don’t know if he meant to do it or not … We’ve had meetings to try to prevent these things.”

For his part, Wings coach Mike Babcock declined to offer his opinion on the possibility of Quincey getting suspended because he hadn’t looked at the replay yet. Instead, he only said that he agreed with the referees decision to hand Quincey a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

  1. jond86 - Apr 1, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Up in the air on that one. Kopecky did seem to start to lose an edge and bend over. Contact looks like it was either from the elbow or hip (maybe a combination) but he did leave his feet; Shanny puts a an emphasis on that.
    Maybe if there was a decent replay…..

  2. ravenscaps48 - Apr 1, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    2 Games

  3. hockinj25 - Apr 1, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Even if he did slip, his feet were way off the ice. 2 games.

  4. mikemj - Apr 1, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    He did leave his feet so I could see a suspension. That said, where is the diving penalty on Kopecky? This is the NHL…if you have to lay on the ice with two hands over your head go home.

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 2, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Definitely a game or two.

  6. stakex - Apr 2, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    You know, I just don’t see a suspension here for the most part. Sure there is contact with the head, but Kopecky lowered his head right into the hit. I dont even think he lost his edge, he just ducked right into it. We have this dicussion all the time about players needing to take responsibility for themselves, and I personally do not think a player that puts themselves in a dangerous position (even if its not right before the hit) deserves all that much protection from the leauge office. If Kopecky does not duck before the hit, it would have been a simple body check.

    With all that said, Quincey does leave his feet quite a bit, which does make it possible he will get a game or two. Although with no injury, a 5 minute major for leaving your feet seems very reasonable so who knows.

  7. iamanidiotfan - Apr 2, 2012 at 3:50 AM

    I guess it all comes down to how the NHL wants to handle the situation. Is Shanny looking at punishing the player (Quincey) for his actions, or is he looking at sending a message to the players? If you’re going to talk about player safety, then a player leaving his feet is reckless behavior, because unless you’re a figure skater, you really can’t control yourself in the air. If it’s the first, then a 1-2 game suspension, since he did get a major and a game misconduct. But if you want to send a message re: leaving your feet, maybe you make it 3-4 games.

  8. iamanidiotfan - Apr 2, 2012 at 4:01 AM

    PS you almost need to be a lawyer to discuss hockey suspensions now, what with all the discussion on intent, reckless behavior and past behavior.

  9. tmoore4075 - Apr 2, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Kopecky did lose his footing and there was a hit to the head but it also wasn’t on purpose. He didn’t target the head. I could see the 5 and a game being enough honestly. If he gets suspended I see at most 2 games. Hard not to hit the head when Kopecky was in that position.

  10. cableguymike - Apr 2, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    “Quincey delivered a vicious and perhaps suspension worthy check on Florida’s Tomas Kopecky.”

    Vicious? Really? I read that before watching the video and expected a full on chicken wing to the chops or some kind of targeted head contact. I didn’t see either of them. It may be worthy of a suspension due to the fact he left his feet but he definitely made an attempt to keep his arm tucked. Doesn’t help that he caught Kopecky reaching at the last second.

    Suspension, perhaps. Vicious, though? If this was vicious then what does that make the Keith elbow?

  11. geo91 - Apr 2, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    If DK only got 5 games for his 100% intent to injure I don’t see Quincey going down for too long

    • buckeye044 - Apr 2, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      Yep, he’ll get a fine and no games. After all, he is a Redwing.

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