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Why didn’t Flyers respond to Talbot headshot?

Jan 13, 2012, 3:41 PM EDT

Talbot Hit

Last night, Islanders defenseman Steve Staios tagged Philly’s Max Talbot with a huge check, drawing the ire of both Talbot and Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette.

Today, CSN Philadelphia’s Tim Panaccio is wondering why the Flyers didn’t respond.

Staios wasn’t penalized on the play and sources say he’ll receive no supplementary discipline from the league. In short, he appears to be getting off scot-free (Staios was reportedly grinning on the bench after the hit), not exactly what you’d expect from the rough-and-tumble Flyers.

Panaccio notes the non-response was alarming, but thinks is has to do with who wasn’t in the lineup (namely, enforcers Zac Rinaldo and Jody Shelley) rather than who was.

“Rinaldo is not a heavyweight like Shelley, but for all intents and purposes, he’s been the Flyers’ main enforcer this season with 11 fights, by default,” Panaccio explained. “Laviolette was not available on Friday to explain whether he was disappointed in the lack of response from his own team or whether he needs to play Rinaldo every game, regardless.”

Not having Rinaldo available is an explanation, though not a strong one. The Philly lineup featured enough capable fighters — Wayne Simmonds has scrapped five times this year, Scott Hartnell averages six bouts a season — and it’s not like Staios, an average-sized 38-year-old, is a gold-glover.

But Staios is pretty old-school, familiar with “the code” and probably would’ve taken on any comer in response to the hit. Of course, even if the Flyers on the ice at the time were Talbot, Sean Couturier, Matt Read, Braydon Coburn and Kimmo Timonenthough Staios did play three more shifts in the third period. (Correction: He didn’t play another shift.)

  1. jpelle82 - Jan 13, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    pretty weak…couldnt believe there wasnt a penalty on this either.

    • bcisleman - Jan 13, 2012 at 9:25 PM

      Wasn’t a penalty because Staios led w/ his shoulder & didn’t target the head.

  2. greggoldberg - Jan 13, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    “though Staios did play three more shifts in the third period.”

    You sure about that?

    http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20112012/TH020632.HTM

    Play stopped for the hit with 4:25 left and Staios didn’t come on the ice after that.

    And as for the guys on the ice, I don’t think any Flyers fan wants Couturier, Read, or Timonen getting in a fight at all, and to be without Coburn in the last five minutes of a one-goal game wouldn’t have been ideal.

    • Mike Halford - Jan 13, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      My mistake. Read the clock wrong. Thanks for the heads-up.

  3. haterzgonahate - Jan 13, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    i haven’t seen the hit.. so i don’t know whether it was clean or dirty but i remember my junior days and depending on the situation.. sometimes it was your own bloody fault for getting tagged open ice and i would never expect my teammates to rumble because of my own stupid mistake.

    not every solid hit needs to lead to a brew-ha-ha ya know! seems more and more teams are figuring this out because that’s the direction the league is steering them. makes sense when you think about it.

    or we could take the Bruins fan mentality and just call everybody else soft. that’s the norm these days

    cue comment retaliation…

  4. jpelle82 - Jan 15, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    lol ok. he punched him in the face, but you can be right if you want, i feel bad that this is all you get to chime in about these days. unless its a dipietro injury, there really isnt any news coming out of long island – or wins.

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