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Dubinsky gets match penalty during postgame brawl

Apr 19, 2013, 9:01 AM EDT


Emotions ran high during Los Angeles’ 2-1 victory over Columbus. That wasn’t more apparent than when several players from both teams got into a brawl as the final buzzer sounded.

During the melee, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky engaged Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. Doughty appeared to try and skate away from Dubinsky, but Dubinsky stayed with him until Doughty went down and a referee intervened.

As Doughty was attempting to get away, Dubinsky appeared to throw a punch.

“Just a cheap shot, and that’s his personality,” Kings forward Kyle Clifford said, according to the Columbus Dispatch. “We’ve got guys out there and he goes after Doughty, who is not our toughest player.”

Dubinsky received a match penalty and, in keeping with league policy, has been suspended until the league rules on the issue.

You can see the incident below:

UPDATE: After reviewing the video, Doughty does join the fray as the final horn sounds, contributing to the scuffle. This wasn’t fully expressed in the above copy. PHT regrets the oversight.

  1. mclovinhockey - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    I believe Dubinsky is the same guy who used a superman punch during a fight (for those unfamiliar with MMA terminology, it’s when you leap off your back leg to use your entire body as extra momentum while throwing a punch) and in one fight swung a helmet at Richards.

    • dipthatchip - Apr 19, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      hahahaha, MMA terminology. I believe most call it a crowhop, but if you prefer superhero monikers, more power to you.

  2. mpops86 - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Um, not for nothing but Doughty threw the first punch….

  3. ctochester12 - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Doughty skates in throws a punch from behind, and then when Dubinsky try to engage him he tries to skate away and act innocent? If Doughty does not get anything then neither should Dubinsky

  4. myroncopesflask - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Wow what a punk ass move by Dubinsky. He deserves everything he gets after this bush league stunt. I hope his regular season is over and I hope he gets his ass beat every time he play the Kings for the next 5 years. He was a lil punk when he played for the NYR and I a see he is just an older punk now.

    • xflyersx - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      Did we watch the same video? Doughty started it then skated away when Dubinsky tried to confront him

  5. sjsblitz - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    “We’ve got guys out there and he goes after Doughty, who is not our toughest player”, then throw a punch -_-

    • sjsblitz - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:46 AM


  6. jms2899 - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Gotta agree the kings seemed to start it up behind the net and Doughty (who i have in my fantasy league and he has been great lately n solid all season being one of the top 20 in hits. He has really made me a fan this season n throws that old school hip check that only a few defenseman can do without missing n killing yourself oin the boards.)throws a punch at the back of Dubinsky”s head and he got punched in the face for it and then like the good guy Dubbie is he let up when Doughty turtled.Obviously it hurt Doughty and Dubinsky could have pounded him and he didn”t. I miss Dubbie on the Rangers. The stuff he and Prust brought to the team is missing. I dont even think he gets a game maybe just a fine.

  7. jjregan21 - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    If doughty wants to engage in a brawl, he probably shouldn’t turn his back? Dubinsky didn’t hit him when he was down when he clearly could have.

  8. rendy0212 - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    To say Doughty “is not our toughest guy” is an understatement. He punched Dubinsky in the head from behind and then turtled after Dubinsky engaged face to face.

  9. comeonnowguys - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    The video couldn’t be more clear. Doughty went in, punched a guy from behind, and then turtled when he was found out.


  10. somekat - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    After watching that video, I lost a lot of respect for Doughty. If you are going to take part in a scrum, take part in the scrum. Don’t throw a punch and turtle up like a girl when the guy you punched turns around. Very weak.

    • manchestermiracle - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      My girl turtle can kick some ass…

  11. nicknyhc - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Doughty skates in and goes after Dubinsky and throws the first shot!

    If you can’t take the heat stay out of the kitchen Doughty!

  12. manchestermiracle - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Ryan, did you watch the video before you posted this article? Kings fan here and Doughty started it. I’m sure he thought he was protecting his teammate against a two-on-one scrum, but I don’t see how Dubinsky gets booked for “engaging” Doughty AFTER Doughty punched him. In the back of the head, no less.

    • timsabourin - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      What do you expect from Dadoun? I’ve seen better writing on bathroom stalls and highway overpasses.

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        Please. Nobody reads bathroom stalls for the articles.

  13. President Charles Logan - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    lol people are actually referring to this childs play as a brawl??, wow you folks are soft these days, go watch your kids soccer games

  14. thehighcountrybear - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    I remember Doughty’s move from elementary school…

    After the Cuban missile crisis, we had drills where we had to practise diving under our desks…we had remarkable desks, capable of surviving a ten megaton nuclear blast?

    Speaking of bombs, which Canadian based NHL will be touted by CBC as the next great hope to bring the Cup home?

  15. sjsharks66 - Apr 19, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Ever since the Thornton beat down doughty received, i don’t blame him for skating away from an altercation.

  16. stakex - Apr 19, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Doughty throws a punch and then turtles like a little coward when Dubinsky goes after him. What a joke.

    Doughty should be suspended five games for a lack of balls.

  17. larrybiv - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Unless I watched a different video, I saw Debbie Doughty JUMP Doobie, then proceeded to crawl into the fetal position.
    Doughty just invented a new “position” on the ice. Lmao.

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