The Dallas Stars were thoroughly defeated 5-1 last night when the Edmonton Oilers came to town and, by the time this incident happened with less than five minutes left to play in the third, the final score was already on the board and Jaromir Jagr had saved the Stars from a shutout loss.
Tempers sometimes flare during NHL games and guys do things they probably regret or things that are really inadvisable. That is exactly what happened with Jamie Benn. Ryan Jones has been out with an eye injury he suffered in the offseason and only has three games under his belt so far.
While trying to make a play, Jones got a little knotted up with Kari Lehtonen (who looked, at one point, a little banged up himself but continued to play) and untangled himself from the Dallas netminder, even appearing to give him a little apologetic pat on the head. Jones did get a goaltender interference penalty.
But then while Jones had his back to the Dallas bench, a heated Benn came over and cross-checked him right in the middle of the back. Jones had no idea Benn was coming and fell to the ice in a heap:
Benn got five minutes, which ended his night early, all thanks to this mistake and potentially very harmful maneuver. I understand feeling angry and frustrated about losing by such a huge margin–at home, to boot–but there’s no call for it. Jones was vulnerable and couldn’t see Benn coming to answer him.
The good news is that Jones isn’t badly hurt. He’ll be in against the St. Louis Blues tonight and downplayed what happened.
"I'm a little bit sore, obviously. I'll live. Not the worst thing I've ever experienced." – Jones on Benn's cross-check; he'll play tonight
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) March 1, 2013
Still, what Benn did was a mistake, although I don’t expect him to receive any supplemental discipline. The game misconduct is probably going to be seen as enough.