TORONTO (November 4, 2009) – The National Hockey League announced today disciplinary action resulting from NHL game #201 between the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks, November 3.It should say "The disciplinary action is pursuant to the NHL Rule that we can suspend anyone who isn't a superstar whenever we want to so we can look like we are against the violence that actually brings fans to our second-tier sport."
New York Rangers forward Dane Byers has been suspended automatically for one game, while head coach John Tortorella has been fined $10,000. Byers was assessed an instigator penalty at 18:50 of the third period. He will miss Thursday’s game at Edmonton.
The disciplinary action is pursuant to NHL Rule 47.22, which states "a player who is deemed to be the instigator of an altercation in the final five minutes of regulation time or at anytime in overtime, shall automatically be suspended for one game” ... in addition, “the coach shall be fined $10,000 – a fine that will double for each subsequent incident."
Out in Pittsburgh, Gena Malkin smiles.