In the second period, Ducks wing Dustin Penner was helped off the ice by Getzlaf, Perry and trainer Joe Huff after being knocked unconscious briefly by a helmet-to-helmet hit from Dallas' Ryan Garbutt, who could face NHL discipline Monday for the incident despite no penalty being called. Penner walked on wobbly legs to the dressing room and underwent a battery of tests that continued after the game with the team doctor, Craig Milhouse. As the Ducks were winning, Penner asked to see Garbutt's hit on him and viewed it several times — as NHL officials are expected to do to establish if Garbutt was targeting Penner's head and whether he left his feet at impact.Penner evidently saw enough to be convinced that the hit was dirty, and he took to Twitter later in the evening to voice his views:
Naturally that led to a spirited debate, and, finally, this tweeted reply from Penner:
To whom it may concern.....black&white vertical stripes.Orange horizontal stripe) Might of been 2 min minor?? http://t.co/JKxL0I8PPi— Dustin Penner (@Dustinpenner25) October 21, 2013
Garbutt will receive an in-person hearing with the NHL's Player Safety Council, which means he could face a suspension of six games or more. No penalty was called on the play. Penner, meanwhile, might consider some media sensitivity training. Just sayin'.
.@TommyFourPutt you're the poster child for birth control. Too bad you didn't heed your own warning.— Dustin Penner (@Dustinpenner25) October 21, 2013