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Isles’ McDonald might be suspended for dangerous hit on Pens’ Lovejoy

Jan 30, 2013, 9:44 AM EDT

McDonald hit

New York Islanders forward Colin McDonald spent five minutes in the sin bin and received a game misconduct for boarding Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy, but McDonald’s punishment might just be starting.

The NHL has scheduled a disciplinary hearing with McDonald for 10:45 a.m. ET, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

The 28-year-old forward was trailing Lovejoy in a race for the puck behind the Penguins’ net. Lovejoy got there moments earlier and McDonald responded by slamming into Lovejoy from behind and shoving the defenseman headfirst into the boards.

It’s worth noting that McDonald’s stick was in the air for the entire incident, suggesting that he was not looking to battle for the puck.

If you want to see the incident, you can do so below:

  1. chibimike - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Citing Weber v. Zetterberg, punishment is a $2500 fine and a stern talking to since the player was uninjured. All hail Shanahan.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      Lovejoy left the game bleeding.

      • jl9830 - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:37 AM

        So did Crosby’s ego.

      • barkar942 - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        “So did Crosby’s ego.”
        Perfect line, jl9830!

      • steelpenbucs87 - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        I don’t want to like that line… but it was good.

  2. timmons94 - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Total Cheapshot. That being said islanders are solid and bylsma is awful. Pens may be in draft lottery with the flyers

  3. dsonashville28 - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Islanders fan: bad hit by McDonald. Worthy of a one game suspension. Glad Lovejoy is OK.

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