Columbus Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky should be counting his blessings that he wasn’t the victim of the dreaded Shanaban after he hit Rob Scuderi in the second period during the Blue Jackets’ game against the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday night.
Dubinsky was fined $10,000, the maximum fine under the new CBA, but was not given a suspension. This is most likely due to the fact that Dubinsky made a concerted effort to stop himself, or at least roll away from Scuderi to lessen the impact. Nevertheless, he did hit him.
The hit then escalated into a fight when Mike Richards came to Scuderi’s defense and he received 19 penalty minutes: two each for instigating and instigating with face shield, five for fighting and a 10-minute game misconduct. Dubinsky received five minutes each for fighting Richards and boarding on the Scuderi hit, plus a 10-minute game misconduct for the fight. Scuderi was shaken by the hit but was able to play for the rest of the game.
Dubinsky was relieved to know that he wouldn’t be suspended. “I’m certainly happy with the outcome, and I’m glad the process is finished,” he said. “People who know me understand that I’m not that kind of player, and I hope he [Scuderi] knows that. I apologize for hurting him, or hitting him that way, or hitting that way. It was never my intention for it to happen that way.
“It’s a fast game; things happen so quickly. If I could do it over again, I certainly would.”