Suspended Carolina forward Jeff Skinner was with the Hurricanes on their two-game road trip to Minnesota and Winnipeg. The league suspended him two games Friday for kicking a player with his blades.
I knew there was a chance I would get something for it, said Skinner, before the teams game against the Wild. It obviously doesnt look good. From my standpoint, Im just trying to push off. Theres no intent there. It is a dangerous play. I understand that.
Skinner had been knocked into the boards and onto the ice and, with his skate blades, kicked at St. Louis Blues forward Scott Nichol.
Nichols was not injured on the play, nor was Skinner penalized at the time. His suspension also meant forfeiting $9,729.92.
Im just trying to push off. I get hit into the boards, he said. Im sort of in a vulnerable position on the ice. My left leg is underneath me. The instinct is to sort of get out of there. Thats all Im trying to do. Theres no intent. I didnt look back. I didnt see who it was. But it was dangerous, I guess.
Skinner acknowledged it can be frustrating at times, as a smaller, skill player, being pushed around by larger opponents.
Yeah, but its part of the game, he said. You have to deal with that kind of thing. Its something you battle through, and everyone deals with it. Its something you learn as you go, and obviously Im still learning. Theres better ways to handle it sometimes. Its a good challenge, though.