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Peter Laviolette and Steve Ott’s awkward tunnel exchange

Dec 22, 2011, 12:00 AM EDT

The Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Stars won’t meet again this season – unless it’s in the Stanley Cup finals. Their irregular matchups didn’t keep the game from getting physical, but the most controversial moment almost might be the strangest. Stars agitator Steve Ott and Flyers coach Peter Laviolette briefly shoved each other as both were trying to leave the ice during the first intermission of what was eventually a 4-1 Flyers win.’s Tim Panaccio caught up with Ott, who had these comments about the exchange.

“I mean, have a little respect,” Ott said. “They’re supposed to go the other way. If the coaches use the tunnel, then they wait for the players. That’s just the way it always is.

“I mean, if he has to be ‘that guy,’ I guess he can be. But there should be a mutual respect there. I wouldn’t do it to his Philadelphia Flyers team, and he shouldn’t do it to ours.”

Laviolette deflected questions about the mini-scuffle, but Panaccio reports that Colin Campbell will review the situation since it’s an exchange between a coach and a player.

Honestly, it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal, even if it’s a bizarre situation. It could be incredibly interesting fodder for next week’s episode of HBO 24/7, but I’d guess that’s the most that will come from it. Feel free to share how you feel about the way the NHL should handle the situation in the comments, though.

(For what it’s worth, the Stars’ tunnel was blocked so Laviolette took the same exit as the Flyers squad did during the second intermission.)

  1. icedtearex - Dec 22, 2011 at 12:47 AM

    La-La-violette again,first the refusing to advance the puck incident, acting like a big baby,now this. If i was Steve Ott,he would have been out for the season,chopped in half. It is only going to come back to his players. No you say,look for tape of Lindy Ruff running a goaltender like a big laying hen,its common knowledge around the league.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 22, 2011 at 5:56 AM

      You know, I’d actually explain the myriad ways in which your opinion is stupid, but your comment’s plus-minus rating seems to speak loudly enough for itself.

      • lonespeed - Dec 22, 2011 at 8:09 AM

        Now that was a great comment.

    • govtminion - Dec 22, 2011 at 7:27 AM

      Wait… what does Ruff have to do with anything? I dare you to make less sense.

    • flyerkidd - Dec 22, 2011 at 9:27 AM

      Refusing to advance the puck! When did anyone start playing the zone D in hockey? You’re a dope. It was the first period in a building the flyers play in once a year max… Ott, who is a worthless goon saw Lavi stopped and blocked him, douche bag! Maybe he should have concentrated more on the ice and they Stars wouldn’t have gotten trashed!!!

  2. cshearing - Dec 22, 2011 at 7:46 AM

    I thought Laviolette was slightly out of line, and Ott had a point. Not a huge deal though.

    • comeonnowguys - Dec 22, 2011 at 9:33 AM

      Completely agreed. And I’m still trying to figure out what the Lightning game has anything to do with this situation.

  3. spiffy53 - Dec 22, 2011 at 8:34 AM

    laviolette could have been more diplomatic. on the other hand, come on ott, your like the old guy going 10 mph in a 35 zone. that is not the place to stop your sorry rear end and have a conversation blocking everyone. keep it moving there chief.

  4. bcjim - Dec 22, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Given Otts history and reputation….yeah make of it what you will.

  5. alexg114 - Dec 22, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Ott needs to watch it, or berube will make a mess of him

  6. dcal4282 - Dec 22, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    also being suggested that Laviolette did it on purpose to say something to Ott about the late hit on “G” during the first period

  7. greynraney - Dec 22, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    I loved it! Ott being Ott. You love him if he’s a teammate, and you hate him if he’s not. Go Stars!

    • spiffy53 - Dec 22, 2011 at 6:12 PM

      actually it was, and he was stupid. if this was a divisional or conference game, yes, you are correct. but this is a team from the east on a long road trip. the best way to beat them is to lul them to sleep like they started the game. they were terrible for the first 8 minutes or so. you woke up the flyers and they ended up out “ott”ing you. dallas took a lot of penalties and the flyers won.

  8. haterzgonahate - Dec 22, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    been an awful lot of strange drama since HBO arrived.. coincidence? i think not

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