The NHL has scheduled a disciplinary hearing with Ducks forward Bobby Ryan for 2 p.m. He faces possible discipline for stomping on the foot of Nashville Predators defenseman (and Long Beach native) Jonathon Blum with 3:30 left in the third period of the Ducks’ 5-3 win Friday night in Game 2.
3:02 p.m. update: Ryan was suspended two games by the league Saturday afternoon, meaning he will miss Games 3 and 4 and be eligible to return for Game 5 in Anaheim next Friday.
“The actions by Ryan were both reckless and dangerous,” NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell said in a statement. “While it was fortunate there was no injury to Blum on the play, the act of using your skate in this manner is unacceptable.”
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin photographer Will Lester snapped this photo in the moment:
My take: It was a bang-bang play and the two were clearly battling for the puck. I have a harder time believing it was intentional than unintentional –among other reasons, because there was no mention of the play in either locker room after the game.
Some are comparing it to Chris Pronger’s kick to the calf of Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler in this same building three years ago. Having witness both incidents in person (a repeat offender, Pronger received an 8-game suspension for his), one looked like a routine hockey play and the other did not.
The Ducks flew to Nashville this morning and were scheduled to practice there in advance of Sunday’s Game 3.