A day after Lemieux, considered one of the greatest players of all time, announced his retirement, two of hockey’s next superstars â€“ rookie phenoms Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin â€“ go head-to-head.
According to a report from The Sports Network of Canada, the Flames and coach Darryl Sutter won’t face any fines or suspensions for Tuesday’s late-game fight between goaltenders Philippe Sauve and David Aebischer.
In the last minute of the game, the Flames’ Sauve skated across the ice to meet the Avs’ Aebischer and dropped the gloves before Colorado closed up a 7-4 win.
“I saw [Aebischer] throw a punch and, in my book, that makes it six-on-five,” Sauve told local reporters. “My instinct was to go down there. It probably wasn’t the best decision, but it’s done with.”
The two were teammates last season.
Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said the hit in Tuesday night’s game was a cheap shot on Connolly, who was tied for the team lead with 38 points.
“I thought it was cheap, I thought he went low at the knees,” Ruff said Wednesday. “It may not be the dirtiest hit … but he didn’t have to go low. He’s known for that. He’s a cheap shot artist.”
Connolly sprained his medial collateral ligament, and further tests were scheduled.