Ott suspended pending hearing

Updated: March 1, 2009, 3:10 PM ET
Associated Press

DALLAS -- Stars center Steve Ott was suspended indefinitely by the NHL on Sunday after he received a penalty for attempting to injure Anaheim's Travis Moen at the end of a game one day earlier.

Ott missed Sunday's home game against Pittsburgh and won't be eligible to play until after a hearing with league officials that will determine a specific length of the ban.

Ott and Moen squared off in a fight after the final horn sounded in Anaheim's 4-3 victory Saturday over Dallas. Ott's hand made contact with Moen's eye, which game officials ruled was an eye-gouge and gave him a match penalty for attempting to injure.

Ott left the ice with two cuts on his face.

The bout ensued after Ott cross-checked Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer during the final seconds of the game. Once time ran out, Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere whacked Ott in the knee with his stick and punched Ott behind the head.

Moen saw Ott involved with Giguere and began punching Ott, who has a broken bone in his right hand and can't punch back. Ott said the eye-gouging was an accident.

The incident will be reviewed Monday by league disciplinarian Colin Campbell, who will determine the length of the Stars agitator's suspension.

"Steve Ott does what he does," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Saturday. "He gets into those situations and that's what happens."


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