Derek Dorsett wants Jordin Tootoo suspended, calls him irrelevant

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The Columbus Blue Jackets stunned the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night by shaking off a terrible start and coming from behind for a 3-2 win thanks to a last-minute spin-o-rama goal from Vinny Prospal.

But the real fireworks involved the agitators in the game -- Columbus' Derek Dorsett and Detroit's Jordin Tootoo.

The two had a scrap early in the first period shortly after the Red Wings jumped out to a 2-0 lead. What frustrated Dorsett was that he thought he was going to be fighting Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, only to have Tootoo come flying in and, in Dorsett's words, throw a sucker punch.

None of this pleased Dorsett.

“You think you’re fighting a 6-5 Ericsson, and then Jordin Tootoo comes in and sucker punches you. But that’s just Jordin Tootoo. You expect those kind of things from him.” said Dorsett, via Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch. “Ericsson and I were backing away. Tootoo was just being himself, being the cheap player that he is and coming in swinging.

"In my eyes, that should be a suspension. Those are the type of things that they’re trying to get out of the game. But he’s an irrelevant player, so it doesn’t even matter.”

Actually, that's probably one of the nicest things that an opposing player has ever said about Tootoo.

He won't be suspended. But if nothing else, it was pretty cheap of Dorsett to get a few extra shots of his own when Tootoo was down.

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