|Florida forward Tomas Kopecky skates off under his own power after receiving a check from former Grand Rapids teammate Kyle Quincey. (Photo by Dave Reginek) |
– Kyle Quincey
hadn’t seen the replay of the hit on his former Grand Rapids teammate, which earned the Red Wings’ defenseman the first game ejection of his NHL career during Sunday’s 2-1 shootout win against the Florida Panthers.
“You don't want to hurt anybody,” Quincey said. “I just tried to make a good body check.”
Quincey received a five-minute major penalty and a game-misconduct for elbowing when he collided with Panthers forward Tomas Kopecky at 5:38 of the third period. The pair was teammates during the 2005-06 AHL season with the Wings’ minor-league affiliate in Grand Rapids.
“I don't know if he slipped, but I think he was falling when I went to hit him and his head hit me in the hip or like low here,” said Quincey, pointing to his forearm. “I just tried to make a good body check and I'm glad he's OK.”
However, Kopecky, who suffered a few significant, long-term injuries when he played in Detroit, wasn’t prepared to exonerate his former teammate for the hit and credited the referees for getting the call right.
“He just elbowed me in the face. I thought that was the kind of thing we want to eliminate from the game,” Kopecky said. “I don't know if he meant to do it or not … We've had meetings to try to prevent these things.”
Besides the penalty and ejection from the game, Quincey is certain to hear from the league’s department on player safety some time Monday to learn whether or not he will receive any supplemental discipline.
“Last thing I want to do is get suspended,” he said. “It's so important for me to play these last three games to just keep getting accustomed to systems and the guys. I'm really hoping I can play next game.”
Wings coach Mike Babcock agreed with the call on the ice, but reserved comment for after he’s had time to review replays of the hit.Follow Bill Roose on Twitter | @Bill_Roose