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Video: Garbutt booted from game for spearing Perry

Apr 25, 2014, 11:35 PM EDT

Continuing an unfortunate trend in the 2014 playoffs, Ryan Garbutt speared Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry at 9:11 of the first period. Perry, who was nowhere near the puck as he had just come off the bench, fell to the ice.

Garbutt got five minutes and a game misconduct as punishment. Perry eventually returned to the contest. You can see the incident below:

That comes after Perry speared Jamie Benn earlier in the series and didn’t receive a fine or suspension for his actions. Incidentally, Benn scored a shorthanded goal during the Ducks’ five-minute power-play. Rickard Rakell responded for Anaheim 26 seconds later to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead.

Mike Richards also didn’t receive supplemental disciple for spearing San Jose’s Logan Couture on Sunday. Milan Lucic lost $5,000 against his $6 million annual salary for spearing Detroit’s Danny DeKeyser on Apr. 18.

We’ll see if Garbutt ends up getting punished beyond the five-minute major.

  1. gbatap - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    So because Perry goes down in a heap on the ice it’s 5 and a game? He does the same thing to Benn in game 1 and it’s 2 minutes for slashing.

    Bush league officials in the most important game in the series. Almost every call(both ways) in this game has been ridiculous in one way or another. I get what they’re trying to do by “setting the tone” and trying to keep these teams in check but this is getting stupid.

    • valente317 - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:46 PM

      Even the NBC studio team isn’t quite sure how to describe the officiating decisions in this game. It must be some sort of late April Fool’s joke, where the referees are people who have never heard of hockey.

      • kaptaanamerica - Apr 26, 2014 at 5:47 AM

        If anything happens to Garbutt he should appeal and use the spear by Perry as precedent. Take it to an arbitrator. Perry got what he deserved on the play.too bad the stars don’t do that to him every game.

      • kaptaanamerica - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        Down vote if you want, but everyone knows that if the NHL had made Perry pay a price then Garbutt wouldn’t have had to…

    • areaman714 - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      The refs tossed him to protect his safety. He already has a major target on his back for his stupid and reckless dive through Robidas leg. Roussel needs to stop wuss ing out. Cowing from a challenge by non-fighter Etem is an embarrassment.

  2. jkaplan11 - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    This all boils down to the NHL dropping the ball on the Lucic spear.

    If they suspended him for his spear on Kronwall, this wouldn’t be an issue.

    • thesportsjudge - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      Or Perrys’ spear.

    • blkeskimo1785 - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:12 AM

      Danny DeKeyser would like a word with you.

      • charlieconway96 - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:14 AM

        No, Danny Dekeyser’s nards would like a word with you.

    • vivaronmexico - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:29 AM

      fyi the spear wasn’t on Kronwall, it was on DeKeyser.

      • valente317 - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:32 AM

        I think the guy who made the original post has what it takes to officiate a game in this series. Oh, PERRY, i’ve heard of that guy, better not give him any penalties. my bosses might get mad at me.

      • areaman714 - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:15 PM

        Before the spear he was Kronwall, after the spear he was Dekeyser.

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Such garbage, seriously the officiating in the playoffs this year has been terrible. You give Garbutt a 5 and a game but yet Perry does it to Benn earlier in the series and he only gets two. Very inconsistent calls, it’s like unless your a star you don’t get special treatment from the refs/league. If anything Perry got what he deserved in my view. Still though I wonder if the NFL replacement refs could do a better job? Probably not but still.

  4. vivaronmexico - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    this was absolutely the right call. maybe they got the earlier calls all wrong, but this is a text book spear, 5 and a game. be tough all you want, but this was a cheap shot and he tried to skate away like nothing happened.

    • pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:33 AM

      So let me guess Perry’s spear wasn’t a cheap shot? Both were cheap shot but don’t accuse only one as being cheap. Open the Anaheim colored blinds and let some light in.

      • vivaronmexico - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:41 AM

        No, it was cheap too. Been out of the country so haven’t seen much of this series until tonight, but the above spear was worth 5 & a game.

  5. titansbro - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    I don’t know what to think about all this spearing. Even as a Bruins fan what Lucic did seems way outta bounds to me. And while I don’t play hockey, my buddy who played D1 college hockey & played in the ECHL (& whose father played in the NHL) says this happens all the time, even in his rec league. So maybe it isn’t as big a deal as I thought at first.

  6. ewampus - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    Garbutt got him right in the vagina!

  7. sjsharks66 - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    What a sell by Perry. I can’t stand this star treatment. Perry did the EXACT same thing to Benn. Things like this make it really hard to watch hockey sometimes. I don’t think Garbutt deserves anything more then a fine. I wouldn’t be surprised if they suspend him for the rest of the series though..

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:50 AM

      He was speared in the balls, what is the appropriate reaction???

      • sjsharks66 - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:14 AM

        Did he not spear Benn in the balls? Perry looked like he was shot.

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:37 AM

        Yea, again, he was speared in the nuts. The appropriate reaction is to lay crumpled on the ground

  8. thesportsjudge - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    IIrc, Perry wasn’t suspended because he and Benn were facing each other or something. Let’s see how THIS plays out. Your move NHL.

  9. hockeyflow33 - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    That’s a text book major spearing penalty. Not sure why people are complaining about the correct call being made here.

    • vivaronmexico - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:55 AM


    • mattryannolan - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:06 AM

      They are complaining about the inconsistency in the calls more so than the actual call… Don’t act like you’re cool for having a different opinion. The league set a precedent by not doing anything about the other calls (Other than 1 minor and a 5k fine) If one guy gets tossed you’d figure that at least Lucic would get tossed too for just as blatant a spear.

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:49 AM

        So you want them to continue to make bad calls instead or correctly applying the rules?

        I would also disagree that Lucic incident was similar to this one.

      • 1981titan - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:53 AM

        Inconsistency, you mean like the goalie interference they called on Cogliano & not on Horcoff as he he bumped Anderson & then turns & scores the second goal? Garbutt has been a dirty player the entire series. I just haven’t figured out who the third Hansen Brother is yet. You have Rousell & Garbutt playing two of them.

  10. gallyhatch - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    On Monday night, in the second period of the Penguins / Blue Jackets game. Paul Martin gave a good cup check to James Wisnewski while he was scrambling back to pick up his dropped stick. (Check the game tape, it’s 9:20 into the 2nd) (to the uneducated, by ‘cup check’ I mean he hit him in the balls with his stick)

    Said cup-check sent Wisnewski tumbling.

    The media didn’t make a big deal about it. The Blue Jackets didn’t make a big deal about it. Do you know why? Because this stuff happens quite frequently and no one wants to admit it. It’s like pine tar for pitchers in baseball. It’s a dirty little part of the game that every one puts up with.

    Why? Because a lot of teams do it. Is it right? No. Is it fair? Probably not. Do we ever hear about it from the players? Hell no, they take care of that stuff on the ice. That’s how it goes.

    Do you want to know why Lucic wasn’t suspended for his offense? Because it happens way more often than the NHL or its players want to admit, and they would prefer ignore it rather than start to address it. If they suspended Lucic for his infraction, they would have to suspend every other offender, and it happens WAY too often for them to start cracking down on it consistently.

    I’m not saying it’s right, I’m just saying it’s a dirty little part of the game that most people would rather not talk about,

    To all the people who think Lucic should have been suspended, why aren’t you crying about Perry, Richards or Martin?

    That’s a serious question. At least Lucic was fined. If you people give as much of a crap as you do, aren’t you wondering why these other players didn’t get punished? I don’t want to dismiss you as ‘just a Bruin / Lucic hater’, but if you’re not crying foul about these other transgressions, that’s kind of what it looks like.

    Just my $0.02

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:52 AM

      As a goalie, I can’t even keep track of how many times I’ve done that to some moron who keeps his stick at neck height in the crease or after attempting to slew foot me. Happens all the time and hockey people know that.

      Tonight’s spear was a legit intent to injure misconduct.

      • matt14gg - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:42 AM

        Exactly right…all the other ones are just part of the game and every person who has played the game knows it…the Garbutt one, now THAT was a spear. If you are trying to lump them all together you have no idea what you are talking about. Garbutt will and should get lengthy suspension.

  11. soundsofsuccess7 - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    About time Garbutt finally got caught for something.

  12. sjtorpitt - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:14 AM

    It’s consistency that’s being questioned, not the call.
    The penalty should’ve been called, like it was, but so should have earlier ones in playoffs.

  13. stakex - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    I haven’t really been following this series, and didn’t see when Perry speared Benn. However what Garbutt did is bush league, and should result in a lengthy suspension. Its not as though Parry and him were engaged and he gave him a little poke…. he speared the guy completely unexpected while skating by him nowhere near the puck. That kind of crap can’t be tolerated.

    Now obviously some Dallas fans are pissed over the Perry spear. Again I haven’t seen it, but if it was like this he should have received the same punishment. A missed call or poorly handled play in the past does not change what the rule is, and how it should be enforced.

    • vivaronmexico - Apr 26, 2014 at 7:19 AM

      “and didn’t see when Perry speared Benn”

      just click the hyperlink in the article, brah.

  14. hockeyflow33 - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    Complain about the officiating but when you’re working games like this there really isn’t a lot the officials can do. If guys want to be dbags on the ice, they will be regardless of how many penalties or misconducts are called.

    Do you think linesmen enjoy getting punched as they break up their seventh fight of the night? Do you think a ref wants to work a 3+ hour game when he could be done in a little over 2 hours?

  15. guitarisgood4u - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:26 AM

    This sh!t is really getting old, whether it results in a no-call, penalty, or suspension, it doesn’t matter.
    In the words of the maniacal sounding woman in the background (1:00) of this video, “play real hockey”

  16. areaman714 - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:48 AM

    You are forgetting, Stars fans . . . one of the Ducks role players still needs to needlessly and recklessly dive through Jamie’s knee to get to tap at a puck with zero hope of doing anything with it.

  17. 2qswing - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Sorry, spear to the nads or anywhere else is not “part of the game” anytime, anywhere. It is a dangerous, deliberate and cheap shot attempt to injure. There is no such thing as an accidental spear. Contrary to what all the on line tough guys say, this does NOT happen all the time. Spearing penalties are very rare because most guys playing at this level respect the game and their fellow players enough not to pull a cheap shot like this. Guys like Lucic, Perry, Garbutt and a few others do not.
    This is the direct result of the instigator penalty. Nobody wants to get the extra two minutes for initiating dropping the gloves, so they plan a sneak attack like this instead of waiting for the opportunity later on to plant somebody WITHIN THE RULLS.
    Consistency says Lucic, Perry and Garbutt all should have been tossed. Perry just sold it more. After all he does live near Hollywood.

    Just to demonstrate the horrible officiating in the playoffs this year, remember Nick Foligno got 2 mins for giving Fluery a snow shower. This was at a critical time in game 3. Put that in context with all the stuff we have seen this year that they are looking right at but don’t call.

    • feedmetherock - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      Wow you are quite naive to think that. Players do this stuff all the time, it just isn’t caught on TV. Boys will be boys and I don’t think respect for the game at all. It starts in little leagues and goes all the way up to the NHL. Simple solution.. Wear a cup and it doesn’t even hurt.

      • 2qswing - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        Wrong… They do NOT spear. Do you know the difference between spearing and hack to the ankles or a love tap across the hands or even the occasional cross check. Yes that happens all the time. Sometimes called… sometimes not called. Spearing is a dangerous deliberate attempt to injure with a hard thrust into the chest, stomach or privates with the blade of the stick. Big difference. That does NOT happen all the time.

        NHL players don’t drop to their knees because they are pansies. They do it to embellish the call as Perry did. Its the same reason players go down like they were shot when somebody puts a minor hit on them. They are trying to get a call. In that respect, I agree with you. NHL should call embellish more often than they do. This is not soccer.

  18. feedmetherock - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    So the NHL is becoming like soccer now. One little tap and these pansies drop to their knees. I don’t believe for an instance Perry was hurt. These guys stand in front of slap shots from the point all game long, so I find it hard to believe that they aren’t wearing cups. Benn handled it like a man, Perry was a little fairy about it.

    • 2qswing - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      one last thing. lose the instigator penalty and these guys will drop the gloves instead of cheap shotting each other behind the play hoping nobody sees it. Then you will see who really wants to dance and who wants to get to the bench as quick as possible after delivering a cheap shot.

      A lot of this would go away if they knew they were going to have to pay a price.

  19. cutelittleguy02 - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Because Lucic of big bad Bruins, now others copy him. Thanks Lucic for your sportsmanship

  20. guitarhunterdude - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    The officiating in these playoffs, and even at some points in this past regular season, has been NBA-level. It’s disgraceful. The missed spear on Benn, the DeKeyser incident, the missed knee on Sobotka, and then this spear that was likely only called because of an egregious embellishment by Perry. This is horrible.

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