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Roussel to Have Hearing With NHL Player Safety

by Mark Stepneski / Dallas Stars

Stars forward Antoine Roussel is facing possible disciplinary action as a result of an incident late in Saturday’s 5-3 loss to San Jose at American Airlines Center. The NHL Department of Public Safety announced that Roussel will have a hearing Monday morning for the punch he threw at Sharks defenseman Justin Braun.

The incident happened with 1:09 left in the game. As Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock came out of the net to play the puck, Roussel collided with Stalock and a scrum ensued. During the scrum, Roussel threw a punch at Braun, who was being held by a linesman.

Roussel received a goaltender interference minor for running into Stalock and a ten-minute misconduct, apparently for throwing the punch at Braun.

San Jose coach Todd McLellan called Roussel’s punch disappointing.

“You know what disappoints me is when a guy’s vulnerable and being held and he gets punched. That’s the disappointing thing,” McLellan said. “I don’t think anybody in our league, the 750 players and coaches, want to see that. Just not a classy move.”

Stars coach Lindy Ruff defended Roussel, whose goaltender interference penalty negated a delay of game penalty on Stalock, who was batting the puck over the glass at the time of the collision.

“That kid (Roussel) gives me everything. That was just emotion,” said Ruff. We still had the power play. We pulled our goalie, and we still had the power play. He was laying down blocking shots, he was in front of the net for the power play and he was trying hard. That was just emotion and you can’t criticize [that].”

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge

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