During the final stages of last night’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panther forward Eric Selleck left the bench and made a beeline for Hurricane’s forward and resident tough guy Kevin Westgarth. The two engaged in a very quick fight which Selleck lost, and as a result of his actions will be suspended for two games.
Brendan Shanahan ruled that Selleck left the bench on a legal line change with the purpose of starting a fight with Westgarth, and issued a one game suspension under rule 70.2.
Secondly, since the fight occured with less than five minutes remaining in regulation, Selleck was assesed another one game suspension, which is automatic in that situation. The fight technically occured with 2.58 remaining with the Panthers holding a 3-0 lead over Carolina. The Canes scored during a two minute power play cutting the lead to 3-1 as Selleck was given a two minute minor for institgating, along with a five minute major for fighting penalty and a game misconduct.
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Here is the anouncement and a video link to the explanation of the suspension from NHL.com
Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement Selleck who was appearing in his first NHL game will forfiet $5,945.94 in salary. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Fund.
As you can see from the video above, Selleck needed some assistance upon leaving the ice, and from the looks of it, would not have been able to play tomorrow (Thursday) night regardless of his suspension. Selleck was recalled from the San Antonio Rampage since George Parros was unable to play after being hurt in a fight himself Saturday night against the New York Islanders. Selleck is known for his toughness and coach Kevin Dineen as pleased with what Eric showed in his first NHL game, despite the end result for the rugged winger. The quote below taken from a On Frozen Pond the blog site for Miami Herald reporter George Richards
“He played really well, played a couple of really good periods for us,” Dineen said. “He showed he can be very comfortable in this. Unfortunately, he took one in the button there at the end. We’ll see where he’s at. He’s a tough kid. It was unfortunate but that’s our sport.”
The Panthers take on the New York Rangers Thursday night at Madison Square Garden in game two of this five game road trip.
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