Report: Flames escape discipline for goalies fight

Updated: January 25, 2006, 1:39 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Calgary Flames have apparently been spared from the NHL disciplinary wing.

According to a report from The Sports Network of Canada, the Flames and coach Darryl Sutter won't face any fines or suspensions for Tuesday's late-game fight between goaltenders Philippe Sauve and David Aebischer.

In the last minute of the game, the Flames' Sauve skated across the ice to meet the Avs' Aebischer and dropped the gloves before Colorado closed up a 7-4 win.

"I wish [Sauve's] game plan wasn't to be a fighter," Sutter told local reporters after the game. "I wish it was to stop pucks."

According to TSN's report, the NHL reviewed the fight and decided to repeal the automatic one-game suspension and $10,000 coaches fine that comes with the league's new instigator rule. But NHL vice president Colin Campbell reviews each case. According to TSN, Campbell did not think Tuesday's incident violated the "true spirit of the rule."

TSN also reported that no further discipline was expected.

Sauve received an instigator penalty, as well as a major for fighting.

"I saw [Aebischer] throw a punch and, in my book, that makes it six-on-five," Sauve told local reporters. "My instinct was to go down there. It probably wasn't the best decision, but it's done with."