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Caps’ Hendricks on faceoff fakeout: “There was some tomfoolery in that one”

Feb 2, 2013, 3:39 PM EDT


Last night’s fight between Matt Hendricks and Zac Rinaldo saw both players tossed from the game for fighting before the faceoff started.  What’s curious for the combatants is they thought the puck had already been dropped.

Hendricks had a good line for the media in Washington today, as shared by Stephen Whyno of The Washington Times, as to why he and Rinaldo jumped the gun on the puck drop to trade punches.

“There was some tomfoolery in that one, without a doubt,” Hendricks said. “We had all the expectations that the puck was dropped.”

Tomfoolery! He’s a regular Teddy Roosevelt with commentary like that. Good thing he plays in Washington where that kind of lingo flies well. Then again, maybe he’s been watching a lot of Mr. Burns on The Simpsons. He’s kind of a rapscallion.


Video: Rinaldo, Hendricks fight after Simmonds elbowed in head

  1. killerpgh - Feb 2, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    I still don’t understand why they got tossed. From reading the rule it doesn’t make sense to me. It wasn’t before the game.

    • killerpgh - Feb 2, 2013 at 3:49 PM
      46.10 Fighting Prior to the Drop of the Puck – Unless this occurs prior to the start of the game or any period (see 46.9), a fight that occurs prior to the drop of the puck during the course of normal face-off, the altercation shall be penalized as if it occurred during the regular playing time.
      When, in the opinion of the Referee that, specific personnel changes have be made by one or both teams late in a game and ultimately an altercation ensues, the appropriate penalties are to be assessed and the incident reported to the Commissioner immediately following the game for review and possible supplementary discipline under Rule 28.

    • killerpgh - Feb 2, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      ” a fight that occurs prior to the drop of the puck during the course of normal face-off, the altercation shall be penalized as if it occurred during the regular playing time.” This makes me think that it should have been just 5 minutes for each and nothing else.

      • schapley18 - Feb 2, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        It’s a judgement call on the refs and they decided to toss em. Bogus if you ask me. The refs knew damn well that Rinaldo and Hendricks were about to fight…

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 2, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      Kevin Collins would have been in there to break it up way before the fake puck drop !

  2. hockinj25 - Feb 2, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Maybe the refs should just drop the puck. Seems like on half the faceoffs the ref looks like he is about to drop it, doesn’t, and one of the players gets thrown out.

  3. flyeredup - Feb 2, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Thornton < Rinaldo. The Broons need fighting lessons.

    • sabatimus - Feb 2, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      Gotta disagree on this one, though Rinaldo threw some of the hardest and fastest punches I’ve seen in a long time in that fight.

  4. dcfan4life - Feb 2, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Erskine threw the elbow, is known for fighting in the past, and its hendricks Rinaldo goes after. I mean Erskine was right behind him. Sometimes i just dont get the fighting logic. If it was a guy who never fights, fine, but Erskine fights.

  5. clawedjeroo28 - Feb 2, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    You think Rinaldo “went after” Hendricks? That’s a joke. Both players were standing up for a teammate. You were right about one thing though, you really don’t understand the fighting logic

  6. misterchainbluelightning - Feb 2, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    If the linesman wasn’t lollygagging there wouldn’t have been a problem

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