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McAmmond injured in Senators win

McAmmond leaves on stretcher

McAmmond leaves on stretcher

9/26/2007 9:33:37 AM

OTTAWA - There's no telling what Steve Downie did to his chances of making the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night, but it's a certainty that he won no friends on the Ottawa Senators.

The 20-year-old prospect knocked Senators centre Dean McAmmond out of the game with a concussion following a vicious second-period hit that sparked a melee and led to the Ottawa veteran being wheeled from the Scotiabank Place ice on a stretcher.

"It was a cheap shot. There's no part in the game for hits like that," said Senators right-winger Brian McGrattan, who was ejected from the Senators' 4-2 exhibition victory after he sought justice on the offending Downie. "A guy can't defend himself and you take a 40-foot run and jump and hit him. Hopefully the league takes a look at it. Those are the hits we don't want in our game.

"You don't want to see stuff like that. We're not out there to kill each other."

McGrattan later went on to issue a warning.


 

"He'll get what's coming to him," said McGrattan. "He'll do it to the wrong guy and somebody will put him out of hockey. You do that at his level a couple of times, guys in junior won't do it, but guys at this level will.

"He'll get what's coming to him next time we play him, that's for sure."

The Flyers were leading 2-1 when, at the 2:39 mark of the second, Downie skated the length of the ice and took a run at McAmmond, who had just released the puck while circling behind the Flyers' net and was met by Downie coming around the other side. Downie also appeared to leave his feet as he flattened the veteran.

The jarring hit came moments after Downie been checked into the glass by Ottawa's Christoph Schubert in the Senators' zone.

Downie gained a reputation at the junior level for some nasty play, but the Newmarket, Ont., native said Tuesday's hit wasn't pre-meditated, nor did he intend to go for McAmmond's head.

"I didn't mean to hurt him and I hope he's OK," Downie said. "My game's to hit and to finish the check. I'm just trying to earn a spot on the roster. It's part of my game and I apologize for him getting hurt.

"I thought I got him clean. Once we hit the boards after, I asked if he was OK."

With McAmmond laying motionless on the ice, Schubert and McGrattan jumped the Ontario Hockey League graduate, with Philadelphia's Jesse Boulerice joining in followed by the rest of the players.

Senators right-winger Patrick Eaves rushed to the far end of the rink to assist paramedics in getting a stretcher to McAmmond, who was also knocked out by a hit from Anaheim's Chris Pronger in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final in June.

With the crowd of 18,053 standing in near silence, McAmmond was taken off the ice by paramedics under the watch of Senators team doctor Don Chow. A team spokesman said he was taken to hospital for further examination.

Downie received a match penalty - which means an automatic and indefinite suspension pending a review - while Boulerice and McGrattan received fighting majors. McGrattan also was given 10-minute and game misconducts.

While Flyers coach John Stevens said he didn't see the hit, Senators coach John Paddock called the situation "interesting."

"I don't know what they can do with a player who is probably going to be in the minors, but it was one of those totally unnecessary (hits)," Paddock said. "He left his feet and everyone knows his reputation.

"I think he did it because Schubert got him with a clean hit inside the blue-line and (Anton Volchenkov) got him in the first period. He's trying to make his name or place, whatever. But it was bad, that hit."

When play resumed, Joe Corvo tied the game on Ottawa's ensuing five-minute major and Jason Spezza scored the go-ahead goal on a power play late in the second.

Daniel Alfredsson, while shorthanded, and Shean Donovan had the other goals for the Senators, who improved to 5-0-0 in pre-season play.

Stefan Ruzicka had a goal and an assist for the Flyers, who allowed a pair of leads to slip away, while Joffrey Lupul also scored. Philadelphia's exhibition record fell to 2-3-0.

The incident overshadowed the return of Senators No. 1 goaltender Ray Emery, who was seeing game action for the first time since undergoing off-season wrist surgery to repair torn cartilage in his catching hand.

Emery, who wasn't expected to be ready to play this early after only taking part in full practice for less than a week, got off to a slow start when was beaten on just the second shot he faced.

He played two periods before making way for Martin Gerber and stopped seven of the nine shots he faced. Both goals he gave up were to his glove side.

"Warm-up was the toughest thing I've done since the finals last year. I really haven't seen pucks," Emery said. "I've skated, but when it's been pucks, it's been kind of shoot low or don't shoot at my hand.

"It was kind of a stride in the right direction for me, but I definitely have a way to go."

Antero Niittymaki stopped 20 of 22 shots for Philadelphia before he left with the score tied at 2-2.

Gerber finished with 10 saves the rest of the way for the Senators, while Niittymaki's replacement Brian Boucher stopped 12 of the 14 shots he faced.

 






NO. AUTHOR MESSAGE
1SensSaintsSoxLike McGrattan said, somebody will get Downie. I h ...
2mwnazzy_11Lack of respect. That's all there is to say. Downi ...
3tusharewith something like that Downie should never play ...
4mustangrider001If you haven't seen the replays from all of the an ...
5smash9999The amount of rough stuff and fights overall in th ...
6ajaybalThrow the book at him. Bad hit. Regardless of that ...
7blitzIt's open season. Let's see what Colin Campbell d ...
8IafrateEverybody called Roenick a whiner last year for co ...
9mauzamDownie's career hasn't even started yet and it's a ...
10TothsterSend a message, let Downie come back a game after ...
11PHENOMinjuries happen .. didn't look like downie was try ...
12ranger1caI know that downie help team canada win a gold med ...
13fxhomieIf Downie makes the team, he's a marked man... ...
14FlyerGuyAs a Flyers fan I have to say that the hit WAS dir ...
15MaskellI can't believe McGratton is complaining about a d ...
16n8thegreatWow, now that was a HUGE hit. It's only pre-seaso ...
17kiddd888I didn't see the hit, however it doesn't surprise ...
18skoginosexplain this... Brian Murray talks about, blindsid ...
19beanie11Steve, you're not even in the NHL yet and your rep ...
20sportsfan53That hit by Downie was the most vicious, and cowa ...
21topjimmySteve "calm" Downie is at it again. As an OHL seas ...
22shiplejPre-season hockey and Downie justifies himself by ...
23okeetee123Hope Dean McAmmond is all right. Ol' Steve Downie ...
24KacedThis kind of thing happens every year in the nhl. ...
25edoilweight39Downie should never be allowed to play in the nhl ...
26HuPeRcHiLdI thought it was a borderline hit. When is the NH ...
27theharveykartelWhy the NHLPA allow their members to continually j ...
28Riddick1919wow yea I'll say costly win is right. Hopefully De ...
29OutofSpiteWhat's funny about this situation is everyone woul ...
30grinder44Hope Dean is okay, but the Sens have to stop cryin ...
31el_scorchoFirst off, that was a horribly dirty hit no matter ...
32an_azn_hotmaleThis is a sad day in hockey, being a Sens fan and ...
33TheKiller_93You never want to see a guy go down like that. I h ...
34mpavao81That hit was totally uncalled for, and in the pre- ...
35DireBadgerI understand the fighting but they were stupid eno ...
36stiffler1000I don't know what the hell Downie was thinking. Pr ...
37lacompasThe kid should be banned from the league for at le ...
38joemac_2003Downie should never be allowed to play in the NHL ...
39top_jimmy_mtlLets clarify this..Drury hit from Neil was not the ...
40plan9I have seen worse hits get less complaints. Yes i ...
41HipCheck60I was at the game and the "hit" was right in front ...
42stuntzI feel very sorry to see any player go down from a ...
43goalie33No question it was a dirty hit. But give me a hige ...
44gregorcorbechevHis game is to hit.. what a load of crock, sure he ...
45Johnny2xSorry to disagree....I think that if you are comin ...
46prov_1Just goes to show the lack of respect the players ...
47probert7610 games would be a joke, but how do you levy the ...
48skins00Downie might be a talented player, but he's not th ...
49Grinder14This hit could have been awesome if Downie didn't ...
50thorcanI'm no Sens fan, but I think the league needs to t ...
51mort67Cheap shot. Somebody's going to get killed if the ...
52lindbergh31As a Flyer fan, I agree that Downie crossed the li ...
53seahawk23I didn't find that hit to be THAT bad. He barely l ...
54hermanzegermanNo doubt - he left his feet and that is illegal an ...
55mattkoI don't think the hit was as bad as everyone is sa ...
56fl3xVicious hit! I have to admit, being a sens fan tha ...
57mg19Absolutely ridiculous, and these cheap shot hits w ...
58edgecrusher74I would really like to see a shot in Slow-Mo and k ...
59canuck@leaffanit was a digusting hit downie should be banned for ...
60mnewhookFriend of Dean I happen to be very good friends ...
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