Downie: ‘I can’t take penalties this time of year’


Penguins coach Mike Johnston is concerned over Steve Downie’s lack of discipline and has been talking to the 27-year-old forward about it since at least November.

And yet Downie still leads the league in penalty minutes (221) and minors (43). He also has nine misconducts in 2014-15, which is triple the next highest player. That factors in the two 10-minute penalties he received on Sunday, including one for pushing a linesman.

With all that in mind, will Downie change his game at this stage of the season? That’s his goal.

“It’s tough (to be physical but avoid the penalty box), but at the end of the day I can’t take penalties this time of year,” Downie told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Discipline-wise, I haven’t been very good the past two games. But that will change. I will be better now.”

It’s worth adding that Pittsburgh’s penalty troubles don’t…

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