Downie, Kunitz suspended for Game 4
Tampa Bay's Steve Downie and Pittsburgh's Chris Kunitz were both handed one-game suspensions by the NHL on Tuesday after separate incidents during Game 3 of their playoff series Monday night.
Downie and Kunitz will miss Game 4 on Wednesday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 pm ET). Both are eligible to return for Game 5 on Saturday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, Noon, ET).
Downie's suspension was a result of him leaving his feet during a check on Pittsburgh's Ben Lovejoy into the end boards during the second period. Prior to the hit, Lovejoy fed the puck down the ice leading to a Pittsburgh goal. The goal negated the minor penalty Downie was set to be assessed.
"Downie left his feet and launched himself at the head of his opponent and he came from a considerable distance, with speed and force, to deliver the check," said NHL senior executive vice-president Colin Campbell.
Kunitz was suspended for his elbow to the head of Tampa Bay's Simon Gagne in front of the Penguins net in the first period.
"Kunitz delivered an elbow directly to the head of his opponent," said Campbell.
Pittsburgh won the game 3-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the series.