Clowe gets two-game suspension for Shaw fight

Clowe gets two-game suspension for Shaw fight
February 25, 2013, 7:15 pm
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San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe definitely intended to start a fight with Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw when he left the bench late in Friday night’s game. But the league has determined that it was part of a legal line change.

Clowe was suspended two games for leaving the bench for a fight, Brendan Shanahan announced today. Clowe already missed the Sharks’ game in Dallas on Saturday night, so he will miss one more, against Colorado on Tuesday night. He’s eligible to return Feb. 28 against Detroit.

There’s no doubt what Clowe’s intentions were when he left the bench. Shanahan said in his video explanation that Clowe “takes a direct route to Shaw, who isn’t engaged with any opponent and has one foot on the Blackhawks’ bench.” But, Shanahan said, “with the goalie pulled and San Jose on a 6 on 5, Clowe’s been identified by his coach as the first player to substitute for any teammate who comes to the bench in the last minute of the game.”

Shanahan said Clowe was “subject to supplemental discipline, based on the severity of his actions. It’s not an automatic 10-game suspension. Clowe threw no punches and was assessed minor penalty for roughing. He has been fined twice, but never suspended, in his eight-year NHL career.”

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was fine with the ruling.

“It’s hard to see,” he said. “It was at the end of the game and it’s hard to see exactly what happened with that play with the whistle and the change. That could’ve been how they interpreted it.”

Based on his average NHL salary, Clowe will forfeit $39,189.18. That money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.