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Video: Flames Backlund fights, discipline for Lovejoy?

Apr 20, 2013, 1:09 AM EDT

Calgary Flames forward Mikael Backlund recorded the first fight of his National Hockey League career on Friday.

He also had the instigator and misconduct for a whopping 17 minutes in penalties, after challenging Anaheim Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy in the first period of the Flames’ 3-1 victory on home ice. The fight didn’t last long. Backlund, a little out of his element, found himself off balance when he tried to land a right haymaker.

But what set Backlund off like that? In one play, his 12 penalty minutes on the season shot up to 29. He’s never had more than 18 penalty minutes in a season since he first entered the league in the 2008-09 season.

The video provides the answer. Lovejoy delivered a knee-on-knee hit on Flames forward Curtis Glencross, who left the game and did not return. Dropping the gloves with Lovejoy earned Backlund the nickname “Rocky” from head coach Bob Hartley afterward, according to the Flames official Twitter account.

Could Lovejoy, who was assessed an interference minor on the play, be expecting supplementary discipline from the league for the knee-on-knee hit?

  1. sportsfreak13 - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    That’s not suspension worthy in my book. Just my opinion.

  2. stakex - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    While I doubt Lovejoy did that on purpose (its natural to stick your leg out like that), he definately leads into the hit with his knee. It might not have been as violent as the Taylor Hall hit earlier this year because it happened a bit slower, but its certainly a similar hit. Considering Hall was given two games, it would be a bit of a suprise for Lovejoy to not get a game or two if Glencross is injured.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:20 AM

    This sounds like rock and/or roll.

  4. thehighcountrybear - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Tough to call…

    Lovejoy had position, was square to Glencross, but threw a hip which precipitated the knee on knee…

    Glencross is already lifting out of the coming hit so it’s evident the knee was not put-in before he could react. He just reacted a hair late and got caught. It’s the worst place on the ice to get careless!

    The problem for Lovejoy as any player will tell you, trying to step out of a set line causes loss of mechanical advantage and position with injuries resulting from the effort.

    No intent, no foul, no supplementary discipline…

  5. bman7206 - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Love the Anaheim honks on here, including the announcer in the video claiming “he attempted to dive around him”.

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