Chiarot believes fine the right punishment for butt-end


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WINNIPEG Jets defenceman Ben Chiarot believes the punishment fit the act.

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WINNIPEG Jets defenceman Ben Chiarot believes the punishment fit the act.

Chiarot was slapped with a US$3,763.44 fine by the NHL department of player safety Saturday for his butt-end to the chin of Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry on Friday.

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred in the second period after Perry, a talented offensive player for the Ducks who plays with an edge — making him rather unpopular around the NHL — drove hard to the net occupied by goalie Connor Hellebuyck.

While it was difficult to pick up during live action, video clearly showed Chiarot moving his glove toward Perry’s face, with the butt end of his lumber sticking out. Perry incurred a circular-shaped gash that required 20 stitches to close.

Speaking to reporters following the defeat to the Sharks — more than 24 hours after the incident — Chiarot said there was no malicious intent on his part and a suspension wouldn’t have been appropriate.

“There was no real intent on my part to jab him with the butt end of my stick, and I knew that and I’m pretty sure everyone else knew that,” he said. “I was pretty confident it would just be a fine.

“It was a scrum in front of the net and I was just getting my hands up to protect myself.

“I know he caught a butt-end on the chin, you know when guys are getting their hands up there’s going to be sticks flying around. That’s going to happen. Guys are going to get clipped by sticks.”

Little heating up

Nothing has come easy to Bryan Little when it comes to offence this season.

During his tenure in Winnipeg, the veteran centre has become accustomed to being a key provider, and the Jets have come to rely on his complete game — including the points that come with it.

But Little has struggled to locate his scoring touch this season, and the assists expected from a savvy play-maker between two young, dynamic snipers, Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers, haven’t exactly been piling up, either.

He has three goals and nine helpers while appearing in all 23 games for the Central Division team. During a 14-game block of games between Oct. 17 and Nov. 14, he collected just a goal and three assists.

But signs on the four-game road trip to Nashville and California point to better days ahead for Little, who is very aware a contribution from the second forward unit strengthens the Jets as an upper-tier Western Conference squad.

He scored just once — a laser-beam ripper past Anaheim goalie John Gibson in a 4-1 triumph — but picked up three helpers on the trip as well.

There was a clear indication of relief by Little — he tilted his head back and peered upward — when rubber met mesh.

“The chances have been hard to come by, the goals have been hard to come by this year. But the last three or four games I thought our line’s been picking it up,” he said, following the victory over the Ducks. “We’ve been getting more chances. I should have had one earlier when Ehlers made a nice cross-ice pass to me and I kind of whiffed on it a bit.

“You’re going to have stretches where things aren’t going your way. And then there’s games like tonight where it ends up in the back of the net,” added the 30-year-old, who signed a six-year, US$31.746-million contract extension in mid-September. “Now, we hope to get something rolling with the three of us.”

He said production can’t always come primarily from the trio of centre Mark Scheifele and wingers Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor.

“We realize that we need to be playing better, especially five-on-five. I think we have been getting more chances and more time in their end. That’s what we need. We need all lines going. If one line has an off-night, the other ones pick it up,” he said.

jason.bell@freepress.mb.caTwitter: @WFPJasonBell

Jason Bell

Jason Bell
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Jason Bell wanted to be a lawyer when he was a kid. The movie The Paper Chase got him hooked on the idea of law school and, possibly, falling in love with someone exactly like Lindsay Wagner (before she went all bionic).

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