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Steve Downie has a brutal shiner from Aaron Volpatti fight

Believe it or not, the worst injury from last Friday’s game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals had nothing to do with the line brawl that broke out in the third period. Earlier in the game, Flyers forward Steve Downie dropped the gloves with Capitals forward Aaron Volpatti. The end result was painful for Downie. Here’s what his eye looked like just after the fight ended:

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Volpatti, who is known for being a great fighter, rocked Downie with a left hand directly to the right eye. According to Eye on Hockey, Downie remained in the hospital for two nights after the game for observation. Reporters got a look at the aftermath on Thursday:

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Steve Downie Kisses Andrew Ference (Video)

When the Tampa Bay Lightning lost Game 5 to the Bruins and allowed Boston to take a 3-2 Eastern Conference Finals lead, Steve Downie sat on the bench by himself for a few minutes after the game.  Perhaps he was still baffled by the goal Tim Thomas robbed him of.  Maybe he was just pissed his team was pushed to the brink of elimination.  He also could have been trying to create montage-type material for a future highlight reel.  Whatever the case, Downie seemed to be in better spirits during the Lightning’s Game 6 win in Tampa Wednesday night.  Check out the video of Steve Downie kissing Andrew Ference, courtesy of Puck Daddy:

Ference is no angel (see: flipping off Candiens fans), but he should have skated away.  No one likes to back down and look like a pansy, but when the opponent is trying to plant one on you the rules change a bit.  Meanwhile, Downie has now successfully managed to look like a tool at the end of two straight games.

Video: Tim Thomas Awesome Save on Steve Downie Shot

Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas guaranteed his team would beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals. I’m not sure if he part of his prediction included making the save of the playoffs, but that’s exactly what Thomas did to help the Bruins hold onto their lead. Check out this video of Tim Thomas’ amazing save on Steve Downie courtesy of Greg Wyshinski at Puck Daddy:

For the record, Downie does not have a point in the entire series. That could have made it 2-2, but instead Boston got an empty-net goal to win 3-1. Try harder next time, Tampa Bay. Maybe a few more human lightning bolts will do the trick.