Steve Ott Takes A Beating, Gets Suspended For It
Total Pro Sports- There were high levels of testosterone in rinks across North America Saturday night.
American Airlines Arena, home of the Dallas Stars was no exception. After the final buzzer sounded giving the visiting Ducks the 4-3 win, Stars forward Steve Ott gave Ducks Defenseman Scott Neidermeyer a couple of crosschecks in front of the net. Goalie J. S. Giguere wasn’t having that so he decided to give Ott a shot. When Ott retaliated, the race was on; who could get their hands on Steve Ott first. Travis Moen beat out teammate Chris Pronger, and proceeded to then beat on Ott’s head.
Ott clearly deserved it for thinking that he would be able to get away with taking liberties on the Anaheim Ducks star defenseman, but we are all left to wonder what he was thinking, doing that with a broken hand. He had to know that he was going to draw some attention for his actions.
As for the great conclusion to this event, Ott has been suspended indefinitely without pay by the NHL for his involvement in the incident. He received a 5 minute fighting major and a match penalty, which brought about the suspension. I guess they don’t think Moen’s punishment was enough. It is anyone’s guess as to whether they will take that into consideration when making their final decision regarding when he may return to the Stars lineup.
Here’s a video of the incident: