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Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:14 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 1:57 am
 

Flyers' Rinaldo suspended two games for charging

By Brian Stubits

Players across the NHL had been on their best behavior since the All-Star break. Alex Ovechkin was the last player suspended and that came with a game to go before the midseason vacation.

That was until Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo decided to charge Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson on Sunday night in Detroit's 4-3 win.

For the hit, Brendan Shanahan issued the rookie Rinaldo a two-game suspension.

As usual, Shanahan is very descriptive in breaking down why Rinaldo was suspended. In this instance, he was clear in pointing out that Rinaldo could have delivered a legal check and Ericsson should have been more aware of what was coming instead of looking back at his pass.

But that doesn't absolve Rinaldo from charging and turning a good hit into a bad hit. Making this perhaps my favorite Shanahan video this year, it busts out the telestrator and a little math. Taking into account that Rinaldo is five inches shorter than Ericsson, he clearly had to launch himself into the air to connect with Ericsson's head like he did.

Rinaldo was skating on thin ice. It was just eight days ago that he was fined not once but twice in the same game. One was for a late hit, the other for a slew foot. That didn't curry him any favor, Shanahan hasn't looked down kindly on repeat offenders.

Rinaldo has been good for the Flyers in his first season in the NHL. He has also proven he fits in the mold of classic Flyers, playing a little reckless at times and proving he's not afraid to throw the gloves down.

Check out this nugget on Rinaldo from Broad Street Hockey: Rinaldo has 285 minutes on the ice versus 276 minutes in the penalty box or on suspension.

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Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:50 am
Edited on: February 13, 2012 3:50 pm
 

Rinaldo has hearing for hit on Jonathan Ericsson

By: Adam Gretz

Just a little over a week after Zac Rinaldo received a pair of fines for a trip and a late hit against the New Jersey Devils, the Flyers forward will be answering questions from the NHL once again on Monday following a charging penalty against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night.

The NHL has a 1 PM disciplinary hearing with Rinaldo scheduled for Monday afternoon for this hit on Jonathan Ericsson late in the first period of Detroit's 4-2 win in the game that extended their home winning streak to a record-tying 20 consecutive games.



Rinaldo received a two-minute minor for charging on the play.

Even though a hearing is scheduled that doesn't mean a suspension is guaranteed, as it could also result in a fine or warning, or perhaps even nothing at all.

That said, the fact that Rinaldo was fined twice just last week probably isn't going to help him going in.

Previously at Eye On Hockey

Rinaldo fined for trip, late hit
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Posted on: February 4, 2012 4:35 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2012 10:18 pm
 

Zac Rinaldo fined for slew foot, late hit

By: Adam Gretz

After jumping out to a six-goal lead early in the second period the New Jersey Devils had to hang on for a 6-4 win in Philadelphia as the Flyers put together a spirited third period rally, scoring four goals and out-shooting the Devils by a 24-1 margin over the final 20 minutes.

In the end, though, the Devils fast start was enough to earn the two points in the standings, and it was a big day for forward Ilya Kovalchuk, on what was the two-year anniversary of the trade that sent him to New Jersey from Atlanta.

He celebrated the day by scoring his 21st goal of the season, picking up two assists and completing his first career Gordie Howe Hat Trick by fighting Philadelphia's Brayden Schenn, and dropping him with a huge punch midway through the third period.

It all started after Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo tripped Devils captain Zach Parise with a slew foot (that he would receive a fine for from the league) after the whistle had already blown. Here is a look at the entire sequence.



Schenn, of course, missed time early this season with a concussion, so watching him throw his helmet off and take part in a fight that ended with a punch like that probably wasn't the ideal situation for him to be in.

It was announced on Saturday night that Rinaldo has been fined $2,500 for the slew foot, and also received another $2,500 fine for a late hit on Jacob Josefson in the second period.

But how about the day for Kovalchuk? His goal came with his team shorthanded, and his role as a penalty killer for the Devils continues to be one of the biggest surprises of the season. He is not only a regular on what has been the best PK unit in the league, but he also done a fine job in that situation, already scoring three shorthanded goals this season. Perhaps even more impressive is that he has only been on the ice for one goal against during 4-on-5 situations.

A Gordie Howe Hat Trick and a shorthanded goal from Kovalchuk all in the same game? Strange times in the NHL.

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Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:45 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2011 12:00 am
 

24/7: Flyers-Rangers Episode 2

By: Adam Gretz

Episode two of HBO's 24/7 showed us two very different sides of Rangers head coach John Tortorella. On one hand, we saw the type of intense, expletive-filled rants and speeches in the locker room that we expected to see in an effort to get his team moving. That's what happened during the first intermission of a recent game against the St. Louis Blues that the Rangers eventually lost.

But we also saw his softer side, as his relationship with a 10-year-old Rangers fan with cerebal palsy by the name of Liam Trainer was highlighted. The two met through the Rangers' Garden of Dreams Foundation, and Tortorella's face lit up when speaking about him and how he's kept in contact with him. The Rangers even gave him an early Christmas present by setting he and his family up with tickets for the Jan. 2 Winter Classic in Philadelphia.

"I'm glad he's part of my life," said Tortorella.

It was nice to see that Tortorella is more than a hockey coach that screams at people on the ice and, away from the rink, can be more than willing to give back to his community.

Episode two MVP: Flyers coach Peter Laviolette

I'm giving it to Laviolette for this season, and this reason only: How many times have you, as a fan, watched your team play a game in Montreal and get called for a penalty that leaves you saying, "they only got that call because it's in Montreal."

If you haven't said it, you've probably thought about it at some point. Well, you're not alone, and coaches react the same way you do. After Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr was tripped as he carried the puck into the offensive zone (with no call) the play went down to the other end of the ice and resulted in a slashing call on Flyers rookie Sean Couturier. Laviolette was livid and started screaming "Typical Montreal" at the officials. He did this multiple times, even after he left the bench.

I also like how he edits himself when talking to referees. Instead of dropping F-Bomb's with the officials during that exchange he made sure he said "frickin'", and then proceeded to let loose with his expletives once back in the locker room.

Three moments that stood out

1) Speaking of referees, one of the interesting angles provided this week was footage of the referees locker room after the first period of the Rangers-Coyotes game (the one that ended with Brad Richards' goal with 0.1 seconds remaining in regulation) as they discussed an incident involving Rangers forward Mike Rupp and Coyotes forward Raffi Torres. I realize the show is focussing on the two teams, but the referees and their involvement in the game is a pretty huge part of it, and I wouldn't mind seeing a bit more from them.

2) After the series debut last week we all wanted more Ilya Bryzgalov, and we got him this week. It appears that his teammates have started to refer to him as "universe" after his speech about how it is "so humongous big" while others joked that they would be sure to never kill a tiger after he explained how it's illegal and will result in the death penalty in certain countries. But we also had some fresh moments for the, let's say unique, Flyers netminder.

For one, he reads Tolstoy while on the plane, and he also compared his husky to a beautiful woman saying, "My husky, she's basically a hot girl, man."

When talking about how crazy it is to play goalie in the NHL and put himself in front of shots every night, Bryzgalov suggested that it's the defensemen in front of him that are crazier.



You know what? He's not wrong.

3) We learned just how young some of the Flyers rookies are. How young? Couturier, a 19-year-old rookie and first-round draft pick from this year, lives in the extra bedroom of Danny Briere's house, and that he is closer in age to Briere's three kids than he is to Briere himself, his teammate. We also learned that Zac Rinaldo is amazed that he gets to play on the same ice as Jaromir Jagr, which impresses him because he used to be able to play with Jagr on Sega Genesis as a kid growing up.

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Posted on: December 19, 2011 3:09 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2011 6:54 pm
 

Milan Lucic suspended 1 game



By: Adam Gretz


Zac Rinaldo said he was fine with the hit from Boston's Milan Lucic over the weekend. The NHL, however, was not fine with it.

The league announced on Monday afternoon that the Bruins forward has been suspended one game for his hit from behind during his team's 6-0 win over the Flyers on Saturday afternoon. Lucic will miss Monday's home game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Lucic was issued a five-minute major and a game misconduct for hitting Rinaldo into the boards from behind late in the second period, which was part of an extremely physical game that Boston dominated on the scoreboard from the opening faceoff.

Even though Lucic was ejected for the hit, Rinaldo was quick to come to his defense.

“It’s hockey, you hit and go into the boards, I don’t think it was dirty at all,” said Rinaldo via Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly. “Shoulder-to-shoulder and just momentum. He’s big guy, maybe double my weight. His momentum carried him into the boards awkwardly. I don’t think it was dirty at all.”

Lucic responded again on Monday after the suspension was announced, taking his medicine.

"I don't think anyone's ever happy when they get suspended," Lucic said. "But you have to respect any decision they make. I do everything my power to keep it clean out there. I try my full-on best to follow [the NHL's] rules [on hitting].

Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's disciplinary czar, did not agree.

"In spite of the fact Lucic sees Rinaldo's numbers and proximity to the boards, Lucic delivers a dangerous check from behind," said Shanahan. "Rinaldo makes no sudden movement either just prior to or simultaneous with the hit that contributes to making this an illegal check. Therefore, the onus is on Lucic to avoid this hit completely, or at the very least minimize it to a greater degree. Instead, Lucic follows through with his check driving Rinaldo high and hard into the glass."

Shanahan also added that Lucic's history of similar infractions, warnings and fines went into the decision to suspend him, as did the fact that Rinaldo suffered no apparent injury as a result of the play.

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Posted on: December 18, 2011 4:19 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2011 4:49 pm
 

Milan Lucic has hearing for hit on Zac Rinaldo

By Brian Stubits

Milan Lucic might finally get hit with the Shanahammer.

The Bruins forward who has been in the crosshairs in the past for those watching Brendan Shanahan's suspension radar, has yet to be punished beyond on-ice infractions. That could change now as Bruins coach Claude Julien announced that Lucic will have a phone hearing with Shanahan for his hit on the Flyers' Zac Rinaldo in a 6-0 Bruins win on Saturday.

Here's a look at the hit and ensuing fight between Rinaldo and Nathan Horton.

The fact that Lucic is getting a hearing leads me to believe that this is one hit Lucic won't be able to get past with no punishment.

Of course the most notable instance of a hit that wasn't punished came earlier this season when Lucic ran into Sabres goalie Ryan Miller way outside the crease. People were split on whether the hit warranted a suspension, but Shanahan explained that he didn't think the intent was there.

In this case, while Rinaldo clearly wasn't injured, I'm not sure how much Lucic can argue that it was an accident, that it wasn't his intention. Just look at what he said after the game.

"I noticed he was in a bit of a vulnerable position," Lucic said. "I looked and watched the tape again in slo-mo and I looked at the point of contact and it was his shoulder more than anything. And you can see him turning ... when he was going into the boards.

"I'm just glad no one got hurt on the play."

Admitting to delivering a hit on a guy that you saw in a vulnerable position isn't going to get him any brownie points to start the conversation off.

But then Rinaldo came out on Sunday and said he had no problems with the hit, calling it clean and "shoulder to shoulder."

So score one in Lucic's defense.

At this point I'm very curious to hear what the verdict will be. Rinaldo wasn't hurt and he had no problems with the hit, but it was a potentially dangerous play. I don't know if he'll be suspended for this or not, it's up in the air.

What I do know is that if he doesn't get suspended, this guy might have more lives than my cats. Likely there will be a lot of people feeling like the Bruins and Lucic got away with another one (judging from comments on all of the Lucic stories).

So, how many games, if any, jury?

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Posted on: November 26, 2011 5:53 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2011 5:56 pm
 

Brandon Prust fights Rinaldo, Simmonds

By: Adam Gretz

Brandon Prust played eight minutes during the Rangers 2-0 win over the Flyers on Saturday afternoon. He scored no goals, was credited with no assists, did not record a single shot on goal and was credited with just one hit. But head coach John Tortorella said he was a major factor in setting the tone for the Rangers, and described his play on Saturday with the following sentence: "Oh, he's got balls as big as this building."

(Yes, Tortorella is going to be amazing on 24/7.)

What exactly did Prust do with his limited ice time? He seemed to make it a point to fight as many Philadelphia Flyers as he could, dropping the gloves twice in the first period -- once right off the opening faceoff in what was a lengthy bout with Zac Rinaldo, and then later in the period trading blows with Wayne Simmonds.


Prust said, via ESPN New York's Katie Strang, that the bout between he and Rinaldo right off the opening faceoff was mutually agreed upon before hand.

This was the first meeting of the season between the two Winter Classic participants, and Prusts physical exploits offer a nice look at just how heated this rivalry can be.

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Posted on: October 27, 2011 1:46 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2011 3:28 pm
 

Flyers rookie Schenn breaks foot, out 4-6 weeks

By Brian Stubits

Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced on Thursday that one of the team's top prospects, Brayden Schenn, has a broken foot that will obviously keep him out of the lineup.

"Brayden Schenn suffered a broken left foot in the game last night. He will be out of action for 4 – 6 weeks," the team relayed from Holmgren on its Twitter account.

A short while after the announcement, the Flyers recalled Zac Rinaldo and Erik Gustafsson.

It's a bad ... um ... break for Schenn, who entered the season as the favorite for many to win the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie. The prized prospect was picked up by the Flyers in the trade for Mike Richards to the Kings, which also landed Philadelphia Wayne Simmonds.

He didn't actually begin the season with the Flyers as he dealt with a minor shoulder issue, but he was recalled and played in four games. He has averaged 14:52 of ice time while failing to pick up a point and posting a minus-5. He did get the chance to go against his brother Luke Schenn of the Maple Leafs in that time as well.

Schenn apparently suffered the broken foot against the Canadiens when blocking a shot from defenseman P.K. Subban. In true hockey-player fashion, Schenn played the remainder of the game, but was seen with a noticeable limp afterward.

The injury comes on the heels of team captain Chris Pronger going down for a couple of weeks after taking a stick to the eye.

Schenn is one of four rookies the Flyers have been playing this season, joining Rinaldo, somewhat surprising Calder candidate Matt Read and the team's top pick in last summer's draft Sean Couturier.

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