Lightning's Ryan Malone on attacking Habs' Emelin: "It's not old school hockey, it's pretty much hockey"
Just to clarify what happened with Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ryan Malone during Tuesday night's 2-1 win over the Canadiens when he went after Montreal's Alexei Emelin:
Malone received a two-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, five minutes for fighting and an aggressor game misconduct. Such a misconduct is given when a player continues to pound an opponent who already has been beaten up in a fight. Any game misconduct comes with an automatic $200 fine and possible supplemental discipline by the league.
Malone went after Emelin 8:16 into the second period, just after Emelin served two minutes for interference for a hit on Malone, who took exception since the puck, which had been sent in Malone's direction, missed its target by a wide margin. Emelin's hit apparently was payback for an earlier hard hit Malone put on Emelin against the end boards. As Malone pounded Emelin, Montreal's P.K. Subban took at least one step onto the ice off the bench but was pushed back by referee Dan O'Halloran.
What irked Malone is that Emelin did not fight back.
"It's not old school hockey, it's pretty much hockey," Malone said. " If they feel they can take a cheap shot at someone and then not stand up for themselves, that's the way they play. I think I always played fair where if I take a cheap shot at someone you have to kind of pay your dues."
Told Emelin does not fight because his face was caved in and then reconstructed with metal plates after a 2009 fight with former Lightning Alex Svitov in Russia's KHL, Malone said, "Then he shouldn't do that."
Lightning coach Guy Boucher had Malone's back.
"The blind hit he got there, that's extremely dangerous," Boucher said. "He had no puck. The puck didn't even come close to him; a blind-side hit with no puck. we're just lucky Malone is that tough that he could take that check. He took care of his own business."