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NHL investigating Flyers-Lightning incident

Dec 28, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

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TSN’s Darren Dreger is reporting via Twitter that the NHL is looking into last night’s fracas at the Tampa Bay bench during the game between the Lightning and Flyers.

“Could be fines, warnings or nothing. Not a lot of video evidence,” writes Dreger.

We wrote about the incident this morning, in case you need to catch up.

According to the Tampa Tribune, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman hadn’t heard from the league as of noon today.

We haven’t been able to find any video of the incident (if you’ve got some, please share in comments section), but according to the Tribune, “Sun Sports broadcast caught part of the incident where [Scott] Hartnell had his stick high and waving it in close proximity to some of the Lightning players.”

Here’s Hartnell’s take, via

“I was there at the TV timeout, on the left wing, and I was right in front of the bench. Their coach [Guy Boucher] looked up and started yapping at me,” Hartnell said. “I was just sitting there, not doing anything. Then, two guys started slashing me from the bench. I just kind of pushed their sticks out of the way. I ended up getting 10 minutes for really nothing. I’ve never seen a coach start yelling at an opposing player from the bench for just standing there.”

  1. obamablowz - Dec 28, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    God I love Hartnell!!!

    • bcjim - Dec 28, 2011 at 4:20 PM

      God, I hate Hartnell!!!

  2. The Baseball Gods - Dec 28, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia definitely had video of the incident on their broadcast last night. Basically Hartnell was standing near the Lightning bench during a timeout and their coach was not very pleased about it. Hartnell then proceeded to get sticks coming at him from Downie and Malone, with Malone actually coming off of the bench to initiate contact with Hartnell. Hartnell started swinging back at Downie and Malone to defend himself. Supposedly under the NHL rules, players on the bench are not allowed to make contact with a player on the ice and are definitely not allowed to come off the bench to initiate contact.

    • grudenthediva - Dec 28, 2011 at 3:29 PM

      Watch it again. Malone doesn’t come off until after the stick is swung at him.

  3. muttbolts - Dec 28, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Sorry but the glove tossin scott hartnel swung stick first then malone came off the bench.nice try though.”i was just sanding there during tv timeout”. Really who does that?

    • grudenthediva - Dec 28, 2011 at 3:30 PM

      Laviolette probably told him to do it. Tampa’s in their heads.

      Now if Downie did this to Philly’s timeout, there’d be a giant whine on PHT, PuckDaddy and HF about how “classless” a move it was.

  4. imleftcoast - Dec 28, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Wouldn’t 24/7 have video?

  5. muttbolts - Dec 28, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Fox has video saw it last night

  6. muttbolts - Dec 28, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Thats the way I saw it. And whats with dwayne simmonds tryin took take out brewer and kubi. The best thing bout whole game was boucher s comment on hedmans injury” he hit himself with the boards. What???

  7. rexadelphia8 - Dec 29, 2011 at 8:16 AM

    They’re coach looks like a villain in a James bond movie, nice scar dude

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