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Video: Gudbranson booted after leveling Fehr, fighting Brouwer

Dec 13, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

Florida Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson was booted from tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals and he might be in line for further punishment.

Late in the second period, Gudbranson delivered a hard hit to Eric Fehr that appeared to catch the Capitals forward in the head. Troy Brouwer rose to Fehr’s defense, but lost the subsequent scrap against Gudbranson.

Brouwer received an instigator penalty and misconduct in addition to his fighting major.

You can view the incident below:

Fehr temporarily left the game, but he returned for the third period, according to the Washington Post’s Katie Carrera. Meanwhile, that incident sparked both teams as they traded three goals in the final four minutes of the second period to tie the contest at 2-2.

For his part, Panthers GM Dale Tallon is going to try and get NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan to rescind the match penalty, reports the Miami Herald’s George Richards.

  1. sjsharks66 - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    What is with the officials and fighting?! He holds on to both players all the way to the boards, continues holding and then finally lets go. Let these players fight. Im sick of seeing two players drop the gloves and the officials come in an give them 2 minutes each.

    It’s starting to seem like they got orders from the higher ups to stop fights. Way for Bettman to stop fighting without having to say, ” I am putting an end to fighting”.

    Besides that, yeah he caught him in the head. Probably 2 games.

  2. drewsylvania - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Hey Shanny, I see your suspension policy is working wel.

  3. sabatimus - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    That’s about as obvious a charge/headshot as it gets. Lined him up, left his feet, contacted the head. Good for Brouwer for sticking up for his teammate.

  4. scottybcboy - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Brouwer is lucky that Gudbranson didn’t refuse to fight, or he may be facing 8-10 game suspension. #finelines

  5. jaguar0413 - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    This was one of the dumbest plays/penalties imaginable. This hit changed the momentum of the game. Panthers had been dominating the entire game before this. Gudbrandson nearly cost his team two points and probably will miss out on a few games after chatting with Mr. Shanahan.

    • sabatimus - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:59 AM

      Hopefully he’ll miss more than a few games when he gets back, due to being benched.

  6. Scott Mullin - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    I dunno, that doesn’t look like a suspendable hit to me… he barely left his feet, the head wasn’t the principle point of contact (the sternum was), and that elbow stayed tucked by his side when the actual contact took place… Or maybe I’m just biased

    • charlieconway96 - Dec 14, 2013 at 3:29 AM

      A: You’re not supposed to leave your feet period. B: The chin is part of the head if I’m not mistaken.

  7. cspsrbums - Dec 14, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    I believe you just Biased he jumped towards his head and caught the Jaw. I will give credit for a hit when credit is do. This was as blanton as it gets

  8. tsac33 - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Certainly not a clean hit but there was a lot of contact with chest. Gate and a game should suffice.

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