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Zac Rinaldo’s slew footing inspires Ilya Kovalchuk to fight

Feb 4, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

Ilya Kovalchuk AP

Ilya Kovalchuk doesn’t fight very often, but Philadelphia’s Zac Rinaldo and Brayden Schenn managed to convince him to drop the gloves for just the ninth time in 10 seasons.

Rinaldo followed up his questionable hit on Jacob Josefson in the second period of Saturday’s 6-4 loss to New Jersey by kicking Zach Parise’s foot out from under him with 8:22 minutes left in the third. That inspired Kovalchuk to grab Rinaldo, but Schenn broke the two up and declared that he was going to fight Kovalchuk.

Kovalchuk bested Schenn and earned his first Gordie Howe hat trick in the process. Although Kovalchuk added later with a smile that it would be his, “first of many.” Maybe he’ll end up with another partner when the Devils and Flyers engage in a home-and-home series on March 11 and 13.

  1. pens919209 - Feb 4, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Good for Kovalchuk for sticking up for his teammates. There are some other teams in the league who might learn something from his example.

  2. rexadelphia8 - Feb 4, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Ronaldo will put him in a grave, he beat up an un tuff rookie. Big deal

    • njdevils44 - Feb 4, 2012 at 8:57 PM

      Hahahahahaha Hahahahahaha flyers are a joke once again nice trade for Richards goes that working out nice goaltending 30 years and still no goalie Hahahahahaha classic

      • The Baseball Gods - Feb 5, 2012 at 11:04 AM

        Look at the standings D-bag.

    • pens919209 - Feb 4, 2012 at 10:22 PM

      If Ronaldo is such a beast, why didn’t he just challenge Parise instead of pulling a slew foot on him after play had stopped? That’s not tough, that’s dirty and cowardly.

  3. aklolzer - Feb 5, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Rinaldo has his ups and downs. Solid hitter but a lot of the time a dirty player. Todays cheapshot was unacceptable and brayden schenn ended up paying for it. Hopefully Schenn doesnt have another concussion because of it.

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