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Bylsma hasn’t heard from NHL, and doesn’t expect to

Apr 2, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

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Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma told reporters today he hasn’t heard anything from the NHL regarding yesterday’s festivities at the end of the Flyers-Penguins game.

Bylsma also said he doesn’t expect to hear anything from the league.

And really, nothing happened that warranted supplementary discipline.

—- Joe Vitale’s hit on Danny Briere that set off the scuffle late in the game was clean.

—- Arron Asham went at Zac Rinaldo in front of the Philly bench after things had seemingly calmed down, but Asham was already on the ice (didn’t leave the bench) and got tossed for his troubles.

—- Flyers coach Peter Laviolette had a screaming match with Pens assistant Tony Granato. So what? Granted, Laviolette also broke a stick, which was sort of dangerous considering the flying pieces could’ve hurt someone. But nobody did get hurt, and besides, he was thrown out of the game.

Maybe supplementary discipline will follow — the NHL hasn’t said one way or the other. Hopefully it doesn’t though. Sometimes hockey games get heated. Don’t need to suspend everyone all the time.

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  1. napoleonblownapart6887 - Apr 2, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    I don’t think there should be any discpline for either team. It’s playoff time so coaches get a little heated. That’s okay.

    The Vitale hit was clean. That’s okay.

    I haven’t seen the Vitale knee-to-knee and it seems to be getting mixed reviews. I’ve heard dirty, I’ve heard unfortunate, and I’ve heard completely fine.

    • pajabroni - Apr 2, 2012 at 8:36 PM

      As a flyer fan, I think my brethren need to get over the knee-to-knee collision…i highly doubt that someone like joe vitale would target someone with a knee-to-knee hit let alone go after grossman who would beat his ass…clearly incidental.

      from following this rivalry, vitale isnt exactly someone who plays like cooke used to…a classic example is the CLEAN hit at the end of the game…briere shouldve been keeping his head up. its unfortunate he learned the hard way and we’ll be without him for some time.

  2. drewsylvania - Apr 2, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    If I’m the NHL, I fine Laviolette for the stick-smashing, and possibly Schenn for attempting to be third man in. Don’t see much that the Pens did wrong, though it could be argued (not by me) that Vitale’s hit was reckless.

    • bjg5091 - Apr 2, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      Vitale’s hit on Grossmann was questionable and Asham instigated after the fights. Both are grounds for punishments.

  3. govtminion - Apr 2, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Ignore all of it on both sides, and let them settle things on Saturday… and for the next seven games after that, if we’re lucky and it goes the distance.

  4. richie500 - Apr 2, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    I think Schenn should be fined for hitting after the whistle, while the guys back was turned.

    • chizmo - Apr 2, 2012 at 3:28 PM

      Please stop with the Schenn complaining. The Schenn crosscheck was late, and to Crosby’s back, but Sid wasn’t innocent there and he knew it. Normal by Crosby to chirp Schenn after though.

      Complaining about crosscheck makes Pens fans look like pussies.

    • dwil12 - Apr 2, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      yea lets fine schenn for crosby taking a dive. your a genius

      • isots - Apr 2, 2012 at 5:03 PM

        Nah mate, YOU’RE a genius.

      • dwil12 - Apr 2, 2012 at 5:04 PM

        i try

      • dwil12 - Apr 2, 2012 at 5:09 PM

        still doesn’t dismiss the fact that crosby took a dive. that little hit that schenn gave him was nowhere near hard enough to knock someone down to the ice

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 2, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      You want to neglect that Crosby slashed him? Selective memory serves one well.

  5. killerpgh - Apr 2, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Asham was on the ice when the scrum started. Ronaldo (sp?) was not.

  6. bobhpine - Apr 2, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    YOUR the genius over their. There gonna love you’re thoughts back in fourth grade.

    • dwil12 - Apr 2, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      yup and im pretty sure they teach you in 4th grade the difference between YOUR and YOU’RE. looks like the education system in pittsburgh is truly excelling above all the rest

      • dwil12 - Apr 2, 2012 at 4:41 PM

        i’ll even forgive the fact that you also used the wrong form of their (should have been there in sentence one and they’re in sentence two). oh and you’re should have been your. next to you my level of genius keeps rising

      • isots - Apr 2, 2012 at 5:06 PM

        I’m pretty sure his post was him just taking a shot at the other guy. Seeing as how he used the exact opposite of what’s supposed to be used in all situations, I thought it was pretty obvious.

      • dwil12 - Apr 2, 2012 at 5:10 PM

        let’s hope so

      • emoser - Apr 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM

        *slaps head*

        dwil… at 4:10 you post “your a genius.” Isots decided to be ‘that guy’ that feels the need to be the message board grammar police. Same with bobhpine. I think you missing his sarcasm and making fun of him for copying what you did is a first, though.

  7. dwil12 - Apr 2, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    yes i do know that thank you. my response was more to make fun of the fact that little typos such as that are made into big deals on these message boards. also to show that i do in fact know the difference between your and you’re. i obviously went about that in the wrong way

  8. hibackhand - Apr 2, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Bylsma sounds a lot like Beelzebub. Coincidence? You never see them in the same room together…

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