Monday, January 4, 2016

Lindy Ruff Accuses Clutterbuck of Diving

The Islanders handed Dallas a 6-5 loss at the Barclays Center on Sunday, thanks to a pair of goals from an unlikely hero: Cal Clutterbuck.

The Isles winger momentarily was off the ice after taking a hard hit from Jason Demers while in a compromised position along the boards. But he would return to score two goals, including the game winner, while Demers would have to watch the game from the dressing room after being handed a game misconduct.

Afterwards, Stars coach Lindy Ruff was more than happy to call Clutterbuck out for Diving on the play.

Here's Ruff's take, via Stars' insider Mark Stepneski's Twitter feed:



Clutterbuck was fined $2,000 by the NHL last season for diving, but on Sunday he was already on his knees when he took the hit from Demers. Dive might not be the right word, and if anybody is going to be subject to discipline from the NHL for this hit, it will be Demers. Perhaps Ruff used such strong language to start building a case for his player. Demers has already been suspended this season for two games for an elbowing incident in Pittsburgh, and Ruff surely doesn't want to see Demers, who has played 35 games and is a plus-16 for Dallas, missing any more time.

Here's the hit:



And here's Clutterbuck's take, via Mike Heika of the Dallas News:

"That was a tough one," Clutterbuck said. "I didn't really see what was happening or see it coming or anything. I just obviously felt the after-effects of it, so I came in (the locker room) to make sure I wasn't hurt or concussed or anything."