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Report: Bourque and Dorsett both avoid fine, suspension

May 28, 2014, 5:25 PM EDT

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Montreal forward Rene Bourque and New York forward Derek Dorsett won’t be punished — no fine, no suspension — for their actions during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final, TVA’s Renaud Lavoie reports. Earlier today, Lavoie had reported the NHL’s Department of Player Safety was reviewing a pair of incidents during a wild third period that saw the two teams combine for 37 penalty minutes.

The first incident involved Dorsett, who was facing potential reprimand for headbutting Habs defenseman Mike Weaver. Dorsett wasn’t penalized on the play but, following the game, was called out by Weaver for running around “with his head cut off.”

The second involved Bourque, who was given a five-minute crosschecking major and game misconduct for going after Dorsett as the final horn sounded.

There’s still no word on the punishment levied to Rangers defenseman John Moore, who was given a match penalty for a hit on Montreal forward Dale Weise. Moore had a hearing at 2:30 p.m. ET with the Department of Player Safety.

UPDATE: Moore has received a two-game suspension and will be ineligible to play for the remainder of the series.

  1. joey4id - May 28, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Just have been at least a fine for Dorsett. Two games for John Moore is appropriate.

    • joey4id - May 28, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      Should have been at least a fine for Dorsett.

  2. joey4id - May 28, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Key Points
    Illegal check to the head (Head main point of contact)
    No history

  3. graymalkin26 - May 28, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Good…Dorsett is a liability, great news he’s playing. He can always try Proust again…lol.

    • thesportsjudge - May 28, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      What? Do you not even know the names of the players on the team you are a “fan” of?

  4. sabatimus - May 28, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Great to see the NHL protecting Bourque, a repeat offender. They must’ve loved the hat trick last night.

    • hockey412 - May 29, 2014 at 8:15 AM

      I didn’t really think Bourque did much wrong. His cross-check was a lame push and Dorsett was the one that took Bourque’s stick stick up into his face. It was just scum going after a guy that just got a hat trick…there’s really no other unbiased way to see that one.

      • drewsylvania - May 29, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        As usual, we can go with the opposite of what hockey412 says.

      • hockey412 - May 29, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        Honestly, did you watch the replay? No way that’s Bourque’s fault. And I really don’t like Bourque. Nor do I have a problem with Dorsett, except for this one game.

  5. billsin20xx - May 28, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    I wonder if they reviewed what he did to that little kid before the game……

  6. homerx - May 28, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    So does the Borque game misconduct happen in game 6 since it was at the buzzer? Dorsett should have got something, at least a fine for his bonehead move.

  7. homerx - May 28, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Does the Borque game misconduct happen in game 6 since is occurred at the end of the game?

    I’m surprised Dorsett got nothing, not even a fine.

    • hockey412 - May 29, 2014 at 8:22 AM

      No, it doesn’t. It’s a slippery slope there too – if a game misconduct occurs at the end of the 2nd, should it last for two periods of the next game? Nah, It’s just the balance of the current game, if it happens at the end, it’s more just a paper entry. I agree with your feelings on Dorsett.

  8. drewsylvania - May 28, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    As usual Habs get off scot-free.

    • hockey412 - May 29, 2014 at 8:27 AM

      For what? If Dorsett doesn’t start sh**, won’t be no sh**. If Dorsett doesn’t move Bourque’s stick up into his face, it wouldn’t have hit him high. If Dorsett weren’t in the NHL, NO ONE WOULD KNOW OR CARE…..

      • 7mantel - May 29, 2014 at 8:38 AM

        You seem to have come unglued after the Pens lost , your post have become full of anger !

      • hockey412 - May 29, 2014 at 8:52 AM

        Actually it was more jovial than anything – there’s no anger whatsoever in that post. The original commentor said there should be punishment for the Habs, and I don’t see it, that’s all. Dorsett is completely to blame for the entirety of that conflict (I don’t even think Bourque should have been penalized).

        Also – to your point – I’m in no way angry the Pens lost – they deserved to lose, NYR deserved to win. Personally I’d rather see CBJ in NYR’s spot right now, but that’s just me. My hometown team’s win/lose record does not dictate the teams I like, NOR does it dictate my view of right/wrong in any instance, including this one. I can’t say that was always the case (and I can’t say it’s true of 99% of the fans on this site, especially these Boston guys or you), but I can say it is in this case without hesitation.

      • 7mantel - May 29, 2014 at 9:26 AM

        Ok maybe anger was the wrong word so I stand corrected . I’ve had discussions with you before ( agreeing or not ) but congenial .There have been a ton of missed calls for both sides but thats been the case for the 50 yrs or so that I’ve watching hockey .

  9. montrealknowledge - May 28, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    How can a head butt be allowed??

    • 3linepass - May 29, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      Meh. I used to “care” about the suspensions and infractions. Now there is no-way to know how they come up with the rulings. Derp, how about 2 games? Derp. ok. Patrick Kaleta got 4 games for a head butt a few years back, but we all know this league just makes things up as it goes. I’m not saying Kaleta didn’t deserve it, but a head-butt is a head-butt right? WRONG!!!!! “Beacause it’s the CUP!!” effing player safety department is clueless, but we all knew that.

  10. drewsylvania - May 28, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Predicted Bourque’s non-discipline earlier. Just ask sabatimus…

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