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Tampa Bay Lightning's Steve Downie says Montreal Canadiens' Maxim Lapierre put 'dirty' hit on him

MONTREAL — Lightning RW Steve Downie said the hit put on him from behind and into the side boards Wednesday by Canadiens C Maxim Lapierre was "dirty" and that "I should have known it was coming" because LaPierre "is the type of guy who would do something like that."

Lapierre got a five-minute major boarding call, which turned into a three-minute Tampa Bay power play after Lightning C Nate Thompson served two minutes for roughing Lapierre after he jumped in to defend his teammate.

"Thomer did a great job coming in to stick up for me, and that's what a team does," said Downie, who was not hurt.

The incident took place with 4:02 left in the second period as both players chased a puck to the side boards. Downie was in the lead, and it appeared Lapierre extended his arms to push him into the boards.

Lightning coach Guy Boucher and GM Steve Yzerman said they did not see what happened and could not comment. C Steven Stamkos called it "a dangerous hit" and asked the referees why Lapierre was not thrown out of the game. "He said if Downs would have been hurt, (Lapierre) would have gotten tossed," Stamkos said.

The incident wasn't the first Wednesday between Downie and Lapierre. Three minutes earlier they were called for twin roughing penalties.

Downie said he would have liked to retaliate himself for the boarding, but Thompson and Lapierre, who was not available for comment after the game, already were engaged.

"I kind of looked at him, and Thomer flew in there, a great job by him," Downie said. "That's what a team needs. Good for Thomer sticking up for me. I love that, and he knows I'd do that for him."

OHLUND UPDATE: D Mattias Ohlund, in his second week off skates in an attempt to reduce swelling and fluid in his right knee, should be back on the ice next week, Yzerman said. There is no timetable for him to resume playing. "Just try to do a little more every day," Yzerman said. "When we get back from the trip, he and (head athletic trainer Tommy Mulligan) will start exercising and gradually each day step it up a little bit."

PARTY ON: Yzerman said he missed his first victory as a GM on Saturday because he was at his brother's wedding in Ottawa. "I just saw the highlights," he said of the 5-3 win over the Thrashers. "It was mixed emotions. Obviously, I would have loved to have been at the game. … Everybody at the wedding was giving me updates. … It was festive when it was 4-0 and quieted down a little bit when it was 4-3." With the victory in hand, Yzerman said, "I got a bunch of texts from people from all over."

ODDS AND ENDS: Tampa Bay went 2-for-6 on the power play and is 4-for-11 on the season. … It has gained at least a point in nine of its past 10 games against Montreal (6-1-3). … G Dan Ellis is expected to start tonight at Philadelphia. … D Matt Smaby and LW Mattias Ritola also were scratched.

Tampa Bay Lightning's Steve Downie says Montreal Canadiens' Maxim Lapierre put 'dirty' hit on him 10/13/10 [Last modified: Thursday, October 14, 2010 12:35am]
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