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NHL fines Bylsma $10,000, suspends Adams one game

Apr 16, 2012, 6:04 PM EDT

Busy day at NHL discipline headquarters, huh?

In one of the many rulings issued on Monday, league discipline czar Brendan Shanahan announced Penguins coach Dan Bylsma has been fined $10,000 and forward Craig Adams suspended one game for actions in the final five minutes of Sunday’s brouhaha against Philadelphia.

Adams instigated a fight with Flyers forward Scott Hartnell at the 15:18 mark of the third period, a direct violation of rule 46.12 — Instigator in Final Five Minutes of Regulation Time. Both the suspension and fine were automatically charged upon the rule being broken (and penalty being upheld.)

Here’s the incident in question, FF to 2:45 for the Adams-Hartnell fight.

The loss of Adams could be the first of many for Pittsburgh. Winger James Neal has two disciplinary hearings with Shanahan on Tuesday while Arron Asham has one for his crosscheck on Brayden Schenn. It’s possible that all three could be out of the lineup on Wednesday when the Penguins try to stave off elimination in Game 4 at the Wells Fargo Center.

  1. bluesrawesome - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    knowing the Pens they’ll call up McIntyre.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:24 PM

      I think the big goof lemiux is going to center a line with the Hanson brothers !

      • michiganhockey11 - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:59 AM

        Yeah! Old time hockey! Eddie Shore!

        What are you guys doing?

        Putting on the foil coach, want some?

  2. biasedhomer - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Other than Neal, the other suspensions are just 4th line grinders.

    • polegojim - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:41 PM

      How sick to lose that many guys to such childish antics… in the PLAYOFFS!!!

      Bylsma has lost control…of his panty waist team.

      • michiganhockey11 - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:02 AM

        Mr. Bylsma, the pro shop called. They said your iron set should be all set for your tee-time on Thursday.

      • polegojim - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM

        Wouldn’t be surprised, but if not, how utterly deflating and embarrassing. Talk about underachieving…

  3. flyersphan - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    The Pen’s should be embarrassed
    by their antic’s during the 3rd period of Sunday’s
    game. I guess if you can’t beat ’em by the rules
    of the game, you can try to beat them like thugs.
    What a disgraceful display of gamesmanship.

    • crosberries - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:34 PM

      Haha this is hilarious that philthy fans are crying about this when they used the same tactic for how many years? Just because you stop playing like that for one year doesn’t mean your not the philthy flyers anymore. All philthy fans are a bunch of crying babies. Wahhhhhhhhhh

      • trigzter - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:41 PM


      • bcisleman - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:05 PM

        He happens to be a Philly fan, but that sentiment is shared by fans around the NHL.

      • flyergirl208 - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:47 PM

        Is this Sidney Crosby ???? Do you need a nipple to suck on?
        Or a box of tissues? Or a doctor because your head hurts again,
        you should have bowed out gracefully when you had the chance,
        your laughable!

      • vaitefoder - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:22 PM

        Crosberries??……..Really??……..What a _ _ _!
        Just like your Boys!
        The flyers used to fight….not take runs and cheap shots and pull hair and cross check to the face!!!
        You lose!

      • bigdaddydarin - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:57 PM

        Hey dingleberries you need a stick in the mouth see how you like sh!ting teeth for a month.

  4. rawgator06 - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Such a disgrace…oh, sorry, I was thinking about the Flyers over the past 2+ decades

    • tonyromoisterrible - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      Pitt is now showing how classless an organization can be. Bylsma sits on his high horse and pretends he is holier than though, but the league, fans, and players all know what a giant dirt bag the entire organization is.

  5. sjsharks66 - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    It’s funny seeing flyers fans say the penguins are thugs. Flyers lead the league in penalties and fighting majors.

    • emoser - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:33 PM

      One game for Adams is fair enough. With Asham and Neal, though, I want to see a suspension that actually matters for next year. This series is all but over; any suspensions against those two should be treated as if it happened in the regular season, along with the 5:1 ratio or whatever it is of regular season game suspensions to playoff game suspensions.

      • bcisleman - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:08 PM

        I agree the suspensions should carry over into next year, but missing those players–especially Neal–for an elimination game would be huge.

    • freebie717 - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:53 PM

      That is just simply not true. Minor penalties, yes, fighting majors, no. The rangers lead the league in fighting majors this year. Please check your facts before you make statements. Thanks.

    • lasallehockey81 - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:56 PM

      You might want to do some research before you throw out stats like that… because you’re wrong.. the Flyers are 3rd in both Fights per game AND major penalties behind the Rangers and Bruins in both categories…

      The part you did get right was minor penalties… but those arent all necessarily “thug” penalties.. for example…too many men on the ice, holding, delay of game, hooking and interference wouldnt be considered anything close to what the point you’re trying to make is…

    • paul621 - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:58 PM

      Penalties and fights are one thing, intent to injure and cheap shots are another.

  6. philly4lyfe - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Dirty pool, mister.

  7. sgtr0c - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Flyers fight when there is still a chance to change the momenteum. Pens start fighting after they allowed 16 goals in three games (20 total goals against), when they were totally just embarassing themselves. The math is the pens allow about 7 goals a game, and the Flyers allow 4. Enjoy the off-season, pens

  8. jphilip312 - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    This is a good start. Asham should see at least 5 games and Neal at least 3 in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong…I am all for intense, physical hockey games (fighting included) but the level that the penguins took it to on Sunday was malicious and wrong. I believe the line between intense and malicious is the intent to deal serious injury (i.e. concussions and head injuries). I also think that Sidney Crosby is at least 75% responsible for all of yesterday’s actions by the penguins. He should be suspended for game 4 as well. I tell you what…he is unquestionably talented from a skill standpoint but completely out of his league and class as a captain. I can guarantee you that Gretzky or Lemieux would never have acted the way he acted to rally his team. Classless and disrespectful. What a immature baby.

  9. jagrbomb18 - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    The flyers are not the same team as the teams from the past. They are one of the most fast and most skilled teams in the league and I think pittsburgh may have thought coming into this series that the flyers were going to play how you see the pens playing yesterday…biiiiigggg mistakeeeee….

    • crosberries - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:36 PM

      Right so your admitting the flyers are a dirty team and have been for a long time

      • lasallehockey81 - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:01 PM

        The Bullies are old men now… it was almost 40 years ago.. get over it… Fast forward to present day… where the Pens are the ones who will have 3 guys suspended for Wednesday’s game… thats the only place they’ve scored more than the Flyers… so congratulations to you for that…

      • tcclark - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:26 PM

        “The flyers are not the same team as the teams from the past”

        How did you take that to mean that they are dirty and have been for a long time? He didn’t say anything about them ever being dirty, he just said they weren’t the same as ones from the past. Now you can assume that he was referring to the Broad Street Bullies days, but even then, it doesn’t say that they’ve been dirty for a long time.

        For todays standards, yes, The Bullies were dirty, but the game back then was different. Hockey was much more brawn than beauty back then, but the game has changed. You can’t judge the current team because of a team from 35 years ago. You can’t even say they’ve been dirty for a long time. The nucleus of the Flyers since the mid-90s have included players like Keith Pimeau, Mark Recchi, John LeClair, Sami Kapanen, Jeremy Roenick, Eric Dejardins, Chris Therien, Simon Gagne, Mikael Renberg, Tony Amonte, Michael Handzus, Joni Pitkanen, Rod Brind’Amour, and Peter Forsberg. Some of them can check and will drop the gloves every once in a while (Roenick and Brind’Amour mostly), but they’re not dirty players. Please stop confusing physical play and dirty play.

  10. thehighcountrybear - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Seemingly fair ruling…start sticking some fines on team management and we’ll see some changes!

  11. greenkeeper15 - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    First of all most of you werent even alive during the broad street bullie days and by the way geniuses thats how the game was played then. And a guy like Asham wouldnt even got off the ice. Neal wouldnt be head hunting because he knew the hammer was coming. And by the way no one in our great history ever pulled someones hair like little school girls do. Oh and hit away a glove and say I dont like those guys. Say what you want at least our team plays like men not a bunch of children. Yeah and I know you won more cups and superbowls. last I looked talbot and jager are on our team.This year is what counts and you guys are an embarrasment to all sports

    • jpelle82 - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      no one pulled anyone’s hair. adams grabbed him by the collar.

      • themohel - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:50 PM

        I guess someone doctored the video – thanks for letting me know.

      • greenkeeper15 - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:51 PM

        blind just like the rest of you NBC froze the frame and showed it, its on the tape bonehead first he suckers him in the head and then gets in trouble and pulls his hair. Once again watch the replay

      • jpelle82 - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:52 PM

        its not his fault hartnell has hair like a girl and pierre is biased. all i see is jersey and collar being grabbed

      • lasallehockey81 - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:58 PM

        and I guess Letang has hair like a man?

      • mattdaddy7 - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:24 PM

        that must’ve been an awfully frilly collar…but he didn’t get suspended for pulling his hair, he got suspended because he instigated a fight within the last five minutes of the game, defending his weasel captain who started the whole thing and who also pulled Hartnell’s hair…the way Cindy’s been playing and leading his team, I’m sure the Pens wished that he was getting suspended instead…

  12. thehighcountrybear - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    I am unfortunately old enough to remember the Broad Street Bully days, but can’t recall the game being played that way by any other than the Flyers…? The Flyers were only the second team to ever employ ‘swarming’ as a hockey tactic: les Canadiens used it to intimidate on-ice officials as far back as I can remember but the Flyers used the tactic to intimidate single players unwise enough to go anywhere near the sainted Bobby Clarke, this at the direction of Flyer’s coach Freddy Shero. Interestingly enough, swarming’s usefulness ended when Larry Robinson and Butch Bouchard rolled into town…boom boom, out go the lights! I believe the Flyers could have won several more Cups than they did had they simply used what was a highly skilled contingent of forwards, rock solid D and spectacular goal-keeping to match-up with les Canadiens and Bruins, again both seriously tough teams populated with highly skilled players. To hear the likes of Dave ‘the Hammer’ Schultz speak on these matters in the present, many of the Flyer players felt they were exploited by Shero, and Schultz in particular resents not being used or remembered for his skills which were not inconsiderable of themselves.

    • greenkeeper15 - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:03 PM

      well high country bear you must have some memory loss. but this is about today and the penguins are playing like little girls and no one is playing like they are right now

  13. kingjoe1 - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    I dont care about the past, and I don’t care about the season. I just care about the playoffs. Nothing worse than a fan of a team talking about things that happened last year or any previous year. That is history, just like the Penguins will be after Wednesday game.

  14. greenkeeper15 - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Really and cindy hides behind the linesman then whacks a guys glove away real tough guy. By the way cindy engaged hartnell from behind and then had to be bailed out again

  15. jucam1 - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Hey Crossberries, if I were you and your little Sydgina, I would be happy the Flyers aren’t going back to their 70’s ways because if you pulled all of the little girl moves SydGina and the Pens pulled, our team would have broken that little girl and Malkin and the league would be missing their little C-word as their star….So, as the Flyers try to hold back from strangling your super sensitive little star because the league protect his vagina so much, you remember that you are getting owned by a much classier and better team… And that you and your weak little man comments can stay in sad little PittsVag…. Goodnight u girl…

  16. thehighcountrybear - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Some advice kingjoe: bet your mother’s house on the Penguins next time out. There’s nothing harder to do than close-out a series, particularly against a team as good as the Penguins are and as embarrassed as the Penguins have been. Blowout Pittsburgh style: so it is written and so shall it be…

  17. philly4lyfe - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Actually if you watch the hbo documentary on it, the reason the flyers became the bullies was because they got pushed around in the playoffs for 2 seasons in a row. So we weren’t the first to do it, we were just the first to win with it. But it is pretty pathetic that some of you need to reach back close to 4 decades to find a way to make yourself feel better about your present team with all their stars and cup winning experience getting out played and out classed by a bunch of rookies.

    • greenkeeper15 - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:13 PM

      my point exactly only a matter of time before we hear about santa clause again. To hide the facts that their team is getting beat on every level except suspensions

      • mattdaddy7 - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:30 PM

        check the Therien post, someone already did mention Santa Claus. Just being lazy, like the Pens…

  18. thehighcountrybear - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    One has to laugh at the references to hair while equating length to femininity…? History shows us short hair styles are really the product of military thought, in particular the Prussians who were the first to scientifically associate uniform conduct in dress and style as part of the dehumanizing necessity to get an army to lose notions of individual behavior and personality in make the soldier part of a team oriented killing machine [ checked out the raffish hair styles in any arm of any military service on the planet earth lately ]? Short hair drifted into main stream style in the 1920s where it has moved in and out of fashion ever since: short hair has effectively been appropriate on men for a remarkably brief time therefore. Following puerile argument in these pages then, all men prior to the 1920s and during the sixties through the new millennium were therefore women? The best way to stay in tune with current men’s fashion as regarding hair is to follow soccer players from continental Europe…they’re always at the leading edge, period! Frankly, I found the skin-head meets frat rat hair do from the late nineties through the present to be a stylistic disaster reminiscent of the concentration camps from WWII. And, the more observant among you will always notice the dude with the long and curly locks is always the dude with the babe on arm and in tow…wake up you peasants!

  19. dhillca - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:29 PM


  20. j0ey15 - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Brendan Shannahan needs to let everyone know how he’s comes up with these suspensions he’s made no sense with any yet

  21. fdiddy - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Well, at least the Penguin fans have the Pirates to fall back on. Save the bad Philly fan crap for another town that’ll listen. Fans have nothing to do with the play on the ice. Face it, the Penguins took the wrong game plane into the series and got desperate. Two of the best players in the NHL play there so who is at fault? Kudos to Philly for being the better team and better coached team. Goal tending has sucked for both teams. Crosby as the captain and as a concussion sufferer should have taken a better leadership role, maybe it’s just his age. Too much talent to take the low road.

  22. jwp88 - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Just like your captain, pens fans. Put the blame on someone else. “The flyers are the broad st. bullies, they lead the league in pim.” Own up pittsburgh, you have a dirty bunch of clowns on your team. And it starts with “disco dan” behind the bench. What a joke that dude is. No one is arguing the skill that the penguins have. Its just the poor sportsmanship they have shown. I love a hard fought hockey game, but a line has to be drawn somewhre and they have crossed it. Can’t wait to see the handshakes at the end of this series. (that’s if sid is man enough to even get in line.)

  23. aglumac - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    You Philly fans are such a joke, rinaldo, the only thing he can do with a stick is hack and slash with it, schenn took a huge charge at martin, but when your precious rookie gets the same treatment, lets cry. Coots your an awsome defensive minded forward, too bad Staal has been doing this for years now, and scores 20+ a season, your recent history is loaded with goons, Rinaldo, Cote, Carcillo, and I cant remember the other guy who went to tampa, but none of them good do anything but play dirty, it takes two to fight, I just cant remember you winning one yet. Also how many Stanley Cups, Lombardis and World Series Titles do you guys have? And you wont be getting any hardware in any sport this year either.

    • kneary47 - Apr 17, 2012 at 9:23 AM

      Hey aglumac can you tell me what team originally drafted Carcillo? Oh wait the Penguins did in 03. Downey who you can’t remember but bring up in your argument got shipped out of town because of his dirty play and lack of ability to control his temper. And if you watch the video the ref didn’t have his arm up to call Schenn until Asham crosschecked him in the face. They were trying to keep it even by calling Schenn to help your precious little team out.

      I guess Asham is classy doing the sleeping gesture after punching someone’s lights outs. Cooke had to be sat down and told to change his ways because of how much of a dirty player he was. Let’s not mention Letang thinking he is Talbot and telling the crowd to be quiet after he attempted to beat up a 38 year old man who has never been in a fight. How did that move work for him?

      It does take two to fight, you’re right. Unfortunately on Sunday your team didn’t honor that rule and either waited till the refs got in the way or somebody else was already holding someone down to start throwing punches at the back of a guys head.

      • aglumac - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:35 PM

        So because we drafted Carcillo, and had the sense about us to get rid of him, we are guilty, he never put on a Pens uniform in the nhl, Downey had a history of hurting his own team mates when you guys made him a first round pick. Cooke has done nothing even remotely dirty this series or even this season for that matter, if Timonen didnt want to fight, then dont drop your gloves and let the guy take the instigator, fighting major and the misconduct, and Letang is a legitimate heavyweight too right, he might have had two fights all year, and a concussion, and didnt seem too worried, infact he wrecked Timonen. Two penalties last game where totally insane, Kunitz didnt even touch the guy on the tripping call their legs accidentally touched and he fell, there was absolutely no intention, the call on Staal for hooking was just as bad, every time a Flyer gets brushed they flail to the ground like they have been killed, they dive more than greg louganis sic. How quickly you forget how your team has done this for years and now after 3 games of a playoff series you think you are all victims just because you can act like one.

      • kneary47 - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:39 AM

        I believe I said Downey was dirty and that’s why he got shipped out of town.

        And you don’t get suspended for clean hits unlike Neal who had to sit the game out

      • aglumac - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:38 PM

        I guess cause i couldnt remember Downeys name he wasnt dirty right? And the ref didnt call Neal for either of his hits so those werent dirty either by your logic on the Schenn hit on Martin

    • bigab56 - Apr 17, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      This coming from a fan of a team with Matt Cooke on it! You’re the joke. Did you watch that game? You should be embarrassed, not defensive. Nut up and take it like a man, not like your captain!

  24. 20bdawk - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    As an avalanche fan I have no dog in this hunt. Philly may have the outdated thug reputation but come on pens fans. You guys look like a bunch of sore losing punks! Crosby is a petulant little baby! Whaaaa! Stop trying to justify everything and man up!

  25. sizzle299 - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Nice to see the penguins cockroaches have returned after being absent since game 1. I’m glad you are all here to read every single article being about how your team being pansy a$$hats- just like you are!

    Have some self-respect like the rest of your fellow “fans” and go eat a bullet. Your team got beat and played like a disgraceful bunch of derelicts. The best you can do it talk about a Flyers team from the 70’s? If that’s the best argument can make, you embarrass yourself just by making it.

  26. lemieux00066 - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:45 PM


    • bigab56 - Apr 17, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      Mario, is that you?

  27. bleed4philly - Apr 17, 2012 at 8:00 AM

    Making the playoffs almost every year for 2+ decades is not a disgrace, pens fans are hilarious.

  28. hoarce7 - Apr 17, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Without a doubt all 3 players should be suspended and Asham deserves at least two or three games for his cross check and punch to the head of Flyers forward Brayden Schenn. However lets remember that we’re dealing with Pittsburgh here and with that team comes Crosby, yaddy, yaddy, yaddy. So it’ll be interesting to see if Shanahan has the guts to pull the skates out from under these other two players in addition to the measely single game handed down to Adams for his actions.

  29. jpelle82 - Apr 16, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    giroux held on for dear life until the refs came in, crosby got his arms free and took him down. that was the 2nd time giroux refused to drop them with crosby. giroux can run his mouth but once it comes down to it he holds on like a girl and waits for the refs.

  30. lasallehockey81 - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    are you trying to make a point that Crosby is, in any way, a tough guy? I’ll be honest, I’m not sure I remember Giroux refusing to drop his gloves but I do clearly remember Crosby refusing to drop them with Schenn after having Adams, who’s getting suspended for it, jump into a fight to protect him from Hartnell.

  31. sefnine - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Get real….as soon as anyone drops the gloves with Crosby he has you. You get penalized heavily and he walks. ALWAYS happens with this guy… some hockey ….

  32. bigab56 - Apr 17, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    You’re kidding, right? Crosby didn’t do jack until the ref came in and then tried to punch (or slap, or hit with his purse) Giroux. It is good to see Cindy back from maternity leave, though.

  33. blackholeson21 - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Thank goodness Adams stepped in and saved Hartnel by jumping him and pummelling him while he was engaged with Crosby. Otherwise Hartnel and Rinaldo would have been suspended for three games.

  34. aglumac - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    If Harts and Rinaldo are so tough, go kick it with D.E. #5, why pick on a finesse player with a concussion history to prove your toughness, England wrecks both of them, hands down, thats why they dont fight him, cause they only try to fight guys they think they can beat, like a typical bully.

  35. sefnine - Apr 23, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    You obviously watched a different game……The game the rest of us watched had Cindy grabbing “Harts” from behind…..;Adams stepped in and took the “instigator” penalty away from Crysby!

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