Stars' Ruff accuses Clutterbuck of embellishing injury after hit from Demers
Dallas Stars defenseman Jason Demers received a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct Sunday for a hit on New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck, but Stars coach Lindy Ruff believes the wrong man was penalized.
"I think the guy that got hit has a history of diving," Ruff said of Clutterbuck. "I don't think (Demers) elbowed him, I don't think he did anything really. And he didn't seem hurt, but he sold a pretty good one to us. Maybe he deserved a minor penalty. That's my take on it."
On said play, Clutterbuck slipped and fell to his knees along the side boards seconds before Demers drove his head into the glass, forcing the right winger to leave the game briefly in apparent discomfort.
Demers has already been disciplined by the league once this year, suspended two games for an elbow to Pittsburgh Penguins forward Nick Bonino.
Clutterbuck was a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt versus the Stars, already dealing with an upper-body injury suffered Saturday.
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