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Ruff: Garbutt’s spear on Perry wasn’t ‘as bad as it was made out to be’

Apr 26, 2014, 10:35 AM EDT

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Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt wound up on the wrong side of the law during Game 4 against the Anaheim Ducks.

Garbutt was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for spearing Ducks forward Corey Perry in the groin. This comes after Perry got away with spearing Stars captain Jamie Benn during Game 2.

Stars coach Lindy Ruff gave his thoughts on Garbutt’s incident and he thinks it’s being blown a bit out of proportion as Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News shares.

“It’s something we obviously don’t want to see,” Ruff said. “I didn’t think it was as bad as it was made out to be. I don’t think it was as bad as the spearing on Jamie Benn, in my eyes. It’s still definitely a penalty, and it’s something I don’t want to see as a coach.”

Obviously Ruff has a bit of a slanted view on each situation, but the key difference here is Garbutt got caught red-handed and Perry dropped to the ice in heap.

That kind of stuff is hard to ignore and with the proliferation of spearing incidents in the playoffs, officials are keeping closer tabs on how sticks are being used. After Milan Lucic was dinged for just $5,000 for spearing Detroit’s Danny DeKeyser, don’t expect to see much, if any, league punishment for Garbutt.

  1. stcrowe - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Ruff should have stopped after saying that it was something we don’t want to see. It was wrong, even if he thinks that there have been worse incidents.

  2. enollatsknarf - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Garbutt has barely been playing hockey in the series. He and Roussel have taken plenty of liberties including punching Getzlaf while a ref was holding him at the end of game three (real manly move), running the goalie multiple times, and of course the chop block into Robidas previously broken leg (a real “accident”).

    He got caught for once, stop whining Lindy.

    He won’t be suspended but it doesn’t really mean anything to suspend a second rate ahl-talent-level pest like him anyway.

    • crybabiessuck - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      If you want to maybe do a little research and not get your panties all waded up on PLAYOFF HOCKEY then you would see Garbutt had 17 goals this season. Oh and those 17 goals is good enough to one the ducks 2nd line. Not bad for a “second rate ahl-talent-level pest”. Maybe Been should of flopped like Perry did?

      • 1981titan - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:23 PM

        Playoff Hockey is tough Hard hitting hockey. It is not channeling “Ti, “Dr. Hook” McCracken” from Slap Shot. GarBUTT is net even a second rate AHL talent. He belongs in the EHL. He has slashed Cogliano in the face, speared Perry, dove into Robidas leg for a puck that Zedeno Charra could not have have reached, has run the goalie a number of times and tried to punch Getzlaff on numeous occasions. That is not Playoff Hockey, that is Dirty Hockey.

        And for those Perry haters out there, you would love to have him on your team.

    • lindenfrank123 - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      he’s not whining read what he said….stick penalities…like slashing, spearing, high sticking and cross checking should be 5 min majors at the minimum…heck Lou Nanne about 30 years ago addressed this very issue….yeh nothings changed YET….he said they should be 10 min game misconducts….sure send a message wouldn’t it?

  3. earpaniac - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    The Lucic penalty still blows my mind.

    • lindenfrank123 - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      how does it BLOW YOUR MIND?

  4. hardkor07mn - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Garbutt and Lucic should square off in a duel to determine the real fencing champion!

  5. soundsofsuccess7 - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Still can’t figure out if Garbutt is a hockey player or a hired hitman.

    • crybabiessuck - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      A hired “hitman” who scored 17 goals this year.

  6. purpleguy - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    If his name was Cooke, people would be screaming for criminal charges.

    • thesportsjudge - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      Only in Ottawa or Montreal.

  7. thesportsjudge - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    ” I don’t think it was as bad as the spearing on Jamie Benn, in my eyes.”

    What kinda stuff is this guy smoking/inhaling?

    • 1981titan - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      Everyone thinks it is appropriate “Playoff Hockey” to spear Perry and take runs at Getzlaff’s jaw. Dallas should get the same treatment. If it is so OK to take runs at Perry, run Benn into the stands. It’s just playoff hockey.

      • thesportsjudge - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:11 PM

        Ya, my comment was really rooted in the “well, the one OUR guy did, well, that wasn’t that bad, but the one inflicted on us was terrible” mentality. Call a spade a spade. They were both gutless moves that the game does not need.

  8. shutyourfivehole - Apr 26, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    It was Corey Perry. Should be no call. He deserves whatever he gets.

    • areaman714 - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      Yep. A Stanley Cup, a Hart, and a Richard.

  9. hockeyflow33 - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    This will be the clip they show to accompany what a major spearing is.

    • lindenfrank123 - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      it’s a no brainer unfortunately the NHL has a commissoner that DOESN’T HAVE a brain….but the no brainer is make all stick related penalties MAJOR 10 min game misconducts see who gets their STICKS UP THEN

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:23 PM

        I have no idea what you’re talking about but this is a misconduct because of the intent to injure aspect of the penalty.
        High sticks happen by accident and should be a 2 minute penalty.

    • skr213 - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      Are you kidding?? He was skating along and never even moved his stick. Perry skated right into it. There are a dozen better examples of major spearing from these playoffs.

  10. earpaniac - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    It blows my mind that a guy who intentionally hits a player from behind, in the groin, only gets find $5,000. You either thought that was fair, or your caps lock got stuck, I’m taking it.

    • thesportsjudge - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      You do realize there was an article dedicated to that one incident, right? If you want to compare the 2, fine, but you offer nothing about THIS incident, or THIS series even.

  11. dlk75150 - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    You people are full of it. What a bunch of cry babies. If gar butt gets fined perry should have been fined. Perry is one of the dirtiest players in the league and has been for a long time!

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      So if the NHL makes a mistake they should be forced to stick to that mistake instead of correcting it?

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