March 1, 2009

Stars’ Steve Ott suspended

The NHL Sunday suspended Dallas forward Steve Ott under an attempt to injure rule because of his actions in an altercation immediately after a game.

Ott was assessed a match penalty for an alleged eye-gouging in an encounter with Anaheim forward Travis Moen after the final buzzer in a 4-3 loss to the Ducks Saturday.

The NHL said the penalty was assessed under Rule 21.1 -- attempt to injure.

Ott was suspended indefinitely pending a hearing.

It was an accident. I didn't mean to do it, Ott said in a report in The Dallas Morning News.

Moen was upset by the incident, the newspaper reported.

You don't like it when a guy eye-gouges you after a fight, Moen said. You know, I guess he felt he had to eye-gouge me. I don't know. Maybe it wasn't intentional. Maybe he was just trying to get at me, and was pulling, and got my eye or whatever.