By Bryan Jeon
Philadelphia Flyers’ Steve Downie was suspended for 20 games for his hit on Ottawa’s Dean McAmmond on Tuesday. Moments after Downie was driven face first into the glass, Downie left his feet for a flying check to the face of McAmmond. The Senators’ center was taken off on a stretcher, with his head hitting the boards as well. Downie was given a match penalty during the game and the fourth-longest suspension in NHL history.
On Saturday, Downie was assigned to the AHL to begin the season. However, Downie will need to physically sit in the NHL games for the suspension to be credited, which the Flyers plan on bringing him up in days when the AHL team is off.
Downie said, “I thought I got him clean.”