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Flyers’ Sestito: Crombeen “had something coming to him” after slashing Giroux

Feb 6, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT


Philadelphia Flyers forward Tom Sestito has added fuel to a pretty healthy fire in the wake of Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Tampa Bay.

Last night’s contest featured a pair of fights — Max Talbot vs. Vincent Lecavalier, Zac Rinaldo vs. BJ Crombeen — with the latter resulting in a devastating knockout in favor of Rinaldo.

Afterward, Sestito said Crombeen had it coming.

“What [Crombeen] did to ‘G’ [Claude Giroux] last game, he had something coming to him,” Sestito told the Philadelphia Daily News. “We weren’t going to do it dirty. He answered the bell and good for Zac. It was just a great fight.”

Here’s more, from the Daily News:

Apparently, Crombeen had been a hot topic in the Flyers’ dressing room after their 5-1 loss in Tampa Bay on Jan. 27.

Not long after Vincent Lecavalier’s first period fight in that game, Crombeen attacked the wrists of Giroux with three deliberate slashes all in the same shift. That didn’t go unnoticed.

Giroux, of course, had offseason surgery to repair fractures on both wrists, which he said came from Sidney Crosby during last year’s epic first round playoff series.

The problem, of course, is that many have criticized Rinaldo for hitting Crombeen late — or at least while he was on his way down to the ice — which appeared to exacerbate the damage (Crombeen was dazed, wobbly and didn’t return to the contest.)

“Typically when I’ve gotten into fights with guys in that position, you stop throwing,” Crombeen said after the game. “I mean, guys fight different ways, so I’m not really going to say if it was dirty or not.”

When asked about the fight, Rinaldo said he finished it properly.

“I hit him until he was down,” Rinaldo told reporters. “I’m not going to hit nobody no matter who they are or what they done, I’ll never hit someone when they’re down. I hit him until he was down. I made sure he was down and that was it.

“I kind of felt bad in case I didn’t stop myself, but I’m pretty sure I did.”

The issue now, of course, will be optics. Sestito essentially said the Flyers had a score to settle with Crombeen, and Rinaldo went out and settled it in a pretty violent manner.

That could be construed as premeditation, something the NHL doesn’t take lightly, especially after the Todd Bertuzzi-Steve Moore incident of 2004.

  1. huhsj - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    “We weren’t going to do it dirty.” Ummm Tom I believe hitting a man while he is down would be considered dirty. Well, it is everywhere outside of Philly.

    • paresident21 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      I guess you are not going to mention Ginny hitting max when he was clearly down on the ice?

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:34 AM

        Retaliation. Not right, but not near as wrong.

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:34 PM

        How can the one be more wrong than the other? Is it just you hate the flyers and can’t view the game with a biased eye? That’s what happens when you take cheap shots at the teams star. What do you think happens when teams mess w Crosby? Lecavalier did the same thing and it was every bit as blatant

      • huhsj - Feb 6, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        Article isn’t about Lecavalier it is about Sestito justifying what Rinaldo did. What Lecavalier was also dirty but because it happened doesn’t make what Rinaldo did more acceptable.

      • rarelyshaves - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        I hate the flyers, but that’s as good and clean of a fight as you can get. good on rinaldo for taking out the trash

    • girouxvy - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      Linesman told Rinaldo he was perfectly within the boundaries of letting it go after Crombeen was going down. Not dirty at all. Crombeen asked for it, invited it. Give me a break!

    • irishphilly87 - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      Dude shut up. He was in the heat of the moment and got a last punch in as he was falling down. Have you ever been in a fight? Probably not you little girl. Sometimes you can’t restrain yourself the exact second everyone else wants you to. People think Philly is this dirty team last year. Did you take from the article above that Crosby broke Giroux’s wrists? Did you watch that series last year and see how dirty Pittsburgh was head hunting and the whole bit? Get off this belief that we are a dirty team. 10 out of 12 of our players are finess goal scorers and playmakers

    • thesportsguru7 - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      You obviously didn’t watch the game. The dirtier of the 2 fights was the Lecavlier, Talbot fight, that had Lecavlier punching Talbot, while he was laying down on the ice.

    • HitsDingers - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      Rinaldo was mic’d up for the game. There’s A/V of him asking the ref if he hit BJ on the ice and ref said it was clean. Maybe only biased TB fans think it was dirty?

      • lovinthatsomanyhateonnd - Feb 6, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        im a yotes fan, and i have no dog in this fight…but he clearly hit him while he was down in my opinion…However, Talbot did in also in his fight so id say its a wash…

    • ibieiniid - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      you see guys get up from one knee in a fight all the time. if he was knocked out of the fight, he woulda went all the way down to begin with. if you get tagged, and you stay in the fight, you deserve to get tagged again.

      when’s the last time you’ve seen a guy bow out of a fight by taking one knee? never. those were nowhere near late punches.

    • rfawns1 - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      Look at this it makes it pretty clear

    • bowman20 - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      Just to correct your statement, when he was “going down”. Was it right either way, who knows. We watch it slow motion and criticize. This is an adrenaline filled fight. Am I gonna flip out that one or two punches were thrown on the way down, no. If a single one was thrown after he’s in the ice, absolutely. And that did not happen.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Touch the captains wrists and you get totalled !

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      Why is it after a bully gets his butt handed to him people feel sorry for him ?

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 6, 2013 at 8:26 PM

      When a bully gets his ass kicked its a beautiful thing !

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 6, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      zak is a scrappy little guy crombeen is an enforcer /bully sometimes you just can’t stop hitting a bully

    • trickc17 - Feb 10, 2013 at 6:35 AM

      It’s hockey. Those guys get paid to do just that. I don’t care if they go UFC on each other. More fun to watch.

  2. paresident21 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    There’s a breakdown of the difference between the two fights, for anyone who is going to come on here and say Rinaldo’s was dirty you obviously just hate the flyers. Vinny was throwing at a man clearly down on the ice. A very punk move esp from a captain.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:34 AM


      • paresident21 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:37 AM

        For what exactly? Winning a fight? Rinaldo was mic”d for the game and asked the refs even the refs said he wasn’t down. It’s not his fault he won the fight and knocked the dude out.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        JESUS moron we all saw it with our own eyes….not up to debate.

      • paresident21 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:41 AM

        Moron? You seem to be the idiot I just posted the screenshots vinny clearly took THREE PUNCHES while a man was down. For a hater you have nothing to back it up.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:05 PM

        Was it not retaliation when Rinaldo fought Crombeen for going after our captain?? Oh that’s right, in the mind of the Pens fan the Flyers are dirty no matter what they do. Lecavalier was clean in his retaliation, despite throwing punches while Talbot was on his back. But Rinaldo was dirty in his retaliation because he’s a Flyer. You have no credibility in this discussion when you have such a biased outlook.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        For touching Giroux’s wrists, which are attached to his hands, which are attached to his stick, which is ALL fair game? No one saw the whacks…I don’t think…did you? It sounds like whining.

    • hy3rid28 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      this sums it up perfectly, case closed. people love to hate on the flyers plain and simple… If they gave money to charity people would b***** its not enough. Guy got knocked out get over it, next up panthers

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      They’re both bad. It just boggles the mind when somebody says Rinaldo’s punch was dirty and the response is that Vinny’s was dirtier. What difference does it make? Both were displays of poor sportsmanship.

      I’m not passing judgement on either player because of what happened in one intense game but there’s no denying they what they did in this game goes against the unwritten rules. It doesn’t matter if the ref says what Rinaldo did was, strictly speaking, legal.

  3. kmacle - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    The late shots were cheap. On the way down v. already down… either way he’d already scored a TKO and at that point was piling on.

  4. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Probably not a smart move from Sestito (and that’s odd, because normally people go on and on about how smart he is).

    Either way, it happens (the “score to settle” mentality) and the truth is it happens a lot more in a dirty, mob-ridden city like Philly. But it would be a douche move for the NHL to step in on it.

    I’m so eff-ing sick of Crosby’s name being drug into everything just because some Nancy blames his limp wrists on him…especially when millions of people watching the game didn’t see it.

    • paresident21 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      Again you have no facts just a Philly hater it’s ok though get in line there’s plenty of whiners to come. Why is one cheap and the other isn’t just because its “retaliation” even though it was a clean fight.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:43 AM


        Is that what you mean, or am I misreading your comment?

      • paresident21 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        What does that have to do with a hockey fight? There are mobs everywhere in the world? It’s how the mob works. Please just stop trying to pull anything out of your a$$ your making yourself look stupid talking about something that has nothing to do with hockey.

    • schapley18 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      If you listen to the mic’d up version of the fight you clearly notice that crombeen asked Rinaldo to fight. Therefore, “he got what was coming to him.” I rest my case.

    • biasedhomer - Feb 6, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      Garbage poster with garbage thought, how surprising.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:11 PM

        Bite me, homer.

  5. bostonboy82 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    You don’t get even for a slash by donkey punching a guy who’s down. Vinny squared it up in his fight, all dirty but its done.

  6. schapley18 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    At least Rinaldo asked the red before the start of the 2nd period if he did anything wrong and the ref immediately said no he was on his way down, not all the way down. And this article fails to mention what captain Vinny did to talbot. I were calling someone out for cheapshots, Mr. Halford, please at least mention Vinny. Besides, his late shots to Talbot, who was CLEARLY DOWN, were way way worse then Rinaldo’s.

    • paresident21 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      Thank you I’m not here trying to be a homer but vinny the captain of the other team clearly threw punches at a man down. It’s typical though half these writers on here are idiots.

      • schapley18 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        Tell me about it. It dosnt take a rocket scientist to figure this out. Only a wee bit of common sense (which a lot of posters on this sight don’t have, not gonna mention any names).

  7. mclovinhockey - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Yeah the fight was clean since there are no fighting rules in hockey. Kesler has thrown a superman punch, someone on the rangers used his helmet as a weapon once, both Ronaldo and lecalvier hit a man while he was on the ice. It’s all legal for now and fact is the guy was trying to hurt a star player. If Crosby get hit in the head 3 times in one shift I’m sure Cooke would pound that guy next chance he could. Until there are rules for fighting in hockey no hit can be considered illegal, cheap or even dirty

    • killerpgh - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      Since when has Cooke been known for his fighting? Hardly a guy I would expect to pound anyone in a fight.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        Agreed. I actually agree with both of you. No, Cooke wouldn’t do it, but Engelland would most likely put someone out like he did to Simmonds last year. But here’s the difference, your head is not attached to your hands which are attached to your stick. EVERY player gets contact to the wrist. get longer gloves or pads, don’t be a wuss and cry about someone hitting you in the wrist.

        There’s no “wristing” penalty…and incidental contact to the wrist is not illegal.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        Haha no “wristing” penalty… it’s called slashing hockeywithdrawal. Players get slashed on the wrists on all the time, sometimes it’s obvious and sometimes it goes unnoticed. Sometimes it’s called and sometimes it isn’t. Just because you didn’t see it through your Penguin glasses doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

  8. broadstbully33 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Lol all these comments about Philly is just pure one sided hate. Rinaldo didn’t hit anyone when they were down. Crombeen picked a fight and got knocked out. Vinny hit talbot 2x while he was flat on the ice. If that would have happened to Cindy the league would have thrown vinny under the bus. So sick of Pitt fans and there stupid mentality. I’m embarrassed for you

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      We appreciate that. Happy that your Cryers finally got out of the basement..all the way up to 12th place.

      But at least you have your priorities in the right spot…it’s all about the fighting.

      • paresident21 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        Your priorities seem to be posting from your moms basement on every flyers article, you were the first one to mention Crosby. SOME of you penguins fans fans are like crazy obsessed ex gfs we can’t get rid of. I say some because not all of you are bad and just don’t spew nonsense because you have such hatred.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        The, um…article mentioned Crosby…you did read the article, right? Wouldn’t just be firing your mouth off haphazardly or anything right?

      • paresident21 - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        Yes I did read the article I chose to ignore the writers idiocy of putting something unrelated in the article because the discussion is about a fight that happened between two players not on the penguins. He put that in there because he knows putting the name Crosby in the article will attract idiots like you to come flip out and attack the city of Philadelphia without having any facts or real arguments to begin with.

  9. jaredphi - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Crombeen got what was coming to him. He’s a dirty player and Rinaldo cleaned his clock for him.

  10. mclovinhockey - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Oh and as for the Moore thing, if this is premeditated what was it when chara attacked pacioretty after Max scored an gwg in OT, then the next game delivering a late hit which broke Max’s neck?

    This was a fight, not a cheap shot.

  11. mathieug79 - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    both fights were awesome. Both shots were late, as for Rinaldo he kept hitting after crombeen was clearly out. Vinny got a couple of punches after they were down on the ice. Im sure if Talbot would have been on top of Vinny, he would have received the same 2 punches, good on Vinny for standing up for his teammates. I can’t wait for the next meeting! Its going to be AWESOME!!!!

  12. eagles512 - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Lecavlier is the only guy who punched someone while down. But I guess we just ignore that because he’s a star.

  13. jake6881 - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    WOW, a hockey fight has allowed every flyer hater to attack the city of Philadelphia. Like fighting hasn’t been in hockey since its birth. Keep the negative comments directed toward Rinaldo and the Flyers Organization, which I also disapprove. BUT to attack Philadelphia in a whole, is cowardly!!! What type of person starts a fight then loses and cries foul, the same to attack a city over a hockey fight. We are a great city with a lot of passion and pride. Don’t judge us on stuff in our city that happens in a majors cities. Get educated and then speak from knowledge, not ignorance!

  14. mclovinhockey - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    @killerpgh, I didn’t say he would fight I said Cooke would pound him…. I guess I can see how it was unclear but I meant he would lay the guy out. Although I have seen Cooke fight before.

  15. paresident21 - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Hey mike halford, I’d like to know why you ignored vinnys fight? You want to talk about pre-meditated. Lecavalier clearly wanted to hit whoever he fought while they were down. Please do your job right and not half-a$$ed. Your lucky to do the job you do don’t be so lazy and ignore half the story.

  16. Jack Bauer 24 - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    The Flyers are not even close to being the toughest team or the dirtiest team in the League, they havent been for many years , too many fans still reference back to the 70’s , heck they havent even had the top fighter in the League since they had Brashear in his prime years ago.

  17. mclovinhockey - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    @ hockeywithdrawl, your last post was true although the penalty is slashing when you slash someone in the wrists and accidental contact with the wrists from a stick in a slashing motion is illegal and it is a slash. Just like a high sticking call or boarding, if its an accident it’s still a penalty.

    You can say giroux cried or whatever but X-rays proved he had 2 broken wrists and he played the entire playoffs with them say if playing a full contact sport that relies on you using your hands a lot while having 2 broken wrists is being a baby then yeah he is a baby. I’ve seen Crosby leave games due to bruises and he left the game last night as well with out having a broken bone so if giroux is a baby, Crosby is a sperm not even near an egg yet.

  18. franchisethighs - Feb 6, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    It must hurt to get slashed when you have limp wrists from giving perms to your teammate, while said teammates wife is getting gleefully stuffed by an actual winner.

    • paresident21 - Feb 6, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Didn’t your mom take the interned away from you. What is with all of your names anyway? I think you may like your captain a little too much always talking about the male body parts of your team. I don’t think even they would like that, but then again your captain has lady parts so maybe I just figured it out.

  19. chrisk61 - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    TB is trying to re-define itself as a tough, gritty team. good luck with that. if lecav keeps fighting he will get hurt. TB is a bunch of soft goal scorers, which is good in regular season, but that one-dimensional offensive aspect will be taken away in playoffs. newsflash to TB…a team can’t just turn on a switch and suddenly become tough. and TB, thank you, last nite’s game was just what the flyers’ doctor ordered !

    • leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Feb 6, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      Lol, now Flyers fans are lecturing teams on what it takes to win in the playoffs. Classic. Were you even alive the last time your team touched the Cup? It was nearly 3 decades ago, so get that memory wheel turning!

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Feb 6, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        Actually it was nearly 4 decades ago. Math must not be your strong subject fanboy.

      • leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:59 PM

        Oh I’m well aware, I just wanted the satisfaction of seeing you say it.

  20. hellohkitteh - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Hey! Lightning Fan here!

    I am going to say that I hated the hits on Crombeen. He was clearly down, and Rinaldo should have stopped… But things happen when you have an adrenaline rush like that… Obviously Vinny wasn’t thinking clearly either (fighting when there wasn’t much time left on the clock and your down 1?? Come on Vinny… We needed you out there… Not a good way to “pump up” your team…) His retaliating hits were wrong as well.

    BOTH sides were wrong, the end. Fighting is great, but when someone is down or OBVIOUSLY knocked out (his knees buckeled, come on now!) is over.

    Anyways, can’t wait to see the next game =)

    • huhsj - Feb 6, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      It seems Flyers fans are a bit defensive and I can kind of see it since the article only discusses the late hits from Rinaldo. However, they seem to think that since Lecavalier did it to than it is ok.

      • hellohkitteh - Feb 6, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        No reason to be defensive. Both of them were being stupid. Testosterone and adrenaline at its best =)

        This is why hockey is the best sport ever. Your adrenaline rushes just at thinking about “the game from last night”.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:02 PM

      I don’t agree with most of what you said, but I will absolutely agree that starting that fight was a terrible idea for Lecavalier. He took himself out for almost the entirety of the rest of the game. And while he was in the box the Lightning had some prime scoring opportunities. They could’ve used him

      As for the fight, I said this on the other page, there are plenty of examples of players continuing to throw punches while one combatant goes to his knees. It’s not a rare occurrence. It’s just when a Flyers player does it the whole rest of the league gets up in arms. Rinaldo’s history is no secret. He’s a goon. But when the refs see something wrong with his game they ALWAYS call him on it. And he made a point to ask the ref if Crombeen was down while he hit him, and the refs told him no it was clean. Now refs sometimes have terrible judgement (i.e., the Erskine elbow and the Backes match penalty) but they were both watching that fight closely. And I thought that particular group of officials was very good last night. In my mind it wasn’t dirty. Crombeen was the agitator, he started it, but he sure as hell didn’t finish it.

      • hellohkitteh - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:15 AM

        Oh, believe me, I agree. But then again I think every fight I see when the continue punching when someone is obviously out isn’t good (Hockey and MMA). I’m not sticking up for Vinny or Rinaldo or ANY player. He asked the refs if Crombeen was down while he hit him because HE FELT he did, which shows that he could have stopped and didn’t. Rinaldo knew what he did, Vinny knew what he did, neither got in trouble and I don’t believe they should have gotten in trouble NHL wise. I think their mommies just need to give them a spanking, that’s all.

        Oh and when the Lightning are out, I always rout for the Flyers, I don’t know why. The Flyer’s are like a guilty pleasure and extremely entertaining… And I totally miss Hartnell.

  21. sjsharks66 - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Rinaldo sounds so uneducated in his quote. What a shocker.

  22. misterchainbluelightning - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    I don’t see any reason for anything to be yammered here. There was a hockey game played last night, couple fights, couple scores settled. Nothing to see here, just your typical game.

    Moving on

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      Most sensible thing I’ve read on here

  23. Stiller43 - Feb 6, 2013 at 1:45 PM


    Can you point to an article stating crosby left a game due to a bruise?

    And he left the game last night because be got a puck to the face! Who wouldnt leave?!

    And he did return a couple minutes later.

    • mclovinhockey - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      I dont need an articale, game 7, stanley cup final vs the wings. Crosby bruised his leg and left the game. I have seen people pull their teeth out on a bench and continue playing. Anyway sid took a clearing attempt in the face. its not like he blocked a slap shot like Ian Laperrier who tried to block a slap shot. Did Crosby even shed blood after that puck to the face? I did not see any. looked like he may have had a tiny cut on his nose.

  24. broadstreetbeatdown - Feb 6, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Am I the only one who finds it funny that a a guy named BJ was “going down” after a blow to the face? Seriously what kind of hockey enforcer whines after getting his lights punched out? What a nancy, he should go paint his toe nails with Cindy Crosby.

    • hellohkitteh - Feb 6, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Whines? Actually, I think they ASKED him about it, and he gave them a response, then said that he wasn’t going to call it dirty or not. Dunno, that’s just what I get out of it.

      Though I am a Penguin hater and a Crosby hater, I AM really getting sick of everyone hating the guy so much. He whines the same amount as everyone else and hes a damn good hockey player. Saying that, that gives everyone more of a reason to pick on the a-hole? Sucks being in the spot light.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        “Typically when I’ve gotten into fights with guys in that position, you stop throwing,” Ole BJ is saying that Rinaldo should have stopped hitting him. We call that whining. As far as Crosby whining the same as everyone else, just tells me that you are new to the sport of hockey. When is the last time you heard a player blubbering to the refs to make an announcement for fans to stop throwing hats on the ice after a hat trick?

  25. 2jivecrew - Feb 6, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Giroux isn’t worth the effort. 6 points in 10 games. Notice Lavs isn’t running his mouth anymore about G being the “best player in the world” anymore. And neither is anybody else. It was cute watching them try though.

    • paresident21 - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      It’s called 2 way hockey idiot, like when 18 Sean couturier shut down shriek aka Malkin. There’s more to hockey than just points but you wouldn’t understand that

  26. joewilliesshnoz - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Philly sucks !

  27. paresident21 - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Don’t act like you all won’t be lining up to see ROB ZOMBIES movie on the broad street bullies. HATERS GONNA HATE. Keep on making us the most popular here

  28. wicky888 - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Premeditation ….. lol stop. Because guys never go after other guys who have targeted their teammates? Really? As long as there’s fighting in hockey, this is going to happen. Especially since 90% of the officials currently have their heads up their @sses. Plus Crombeen engaged him and was a willing participant. And lets not act like this is the first punch thrown when guys are down on the ice. You mean to tell me two guys fought during a hockey game? Oh the humanity!!! No story here, move on.

  29. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Such a classless move by Rinaldo. Hitting a guy while he’s injured and down on one knee. Did Talbot hit Calahan when he was hurt? No. Sarcasm alert. I wonder if he’ll get suspended for taking a head shot. The league is trying to protect the players by handing out suspensions for head shots, yet they allow players to punch themselves in the head. Brilliant! With that logic we’ll soon see hospitals selling cigarettes so they can increase their profits.

  30. spavs412 - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    @mclovinhockey- you are a joke he hyperextended his knee and last night he took a puck to the face, got patched up and returned to action. Not sure why you gotta hate on Sid so much but a real captain can say on game 7 that my knee won’t let me skate with these guys better suck up my ego and let someone else step up. Remember when Crosby was bleeding all over the flyers ice from hatcher got patched up and won the game for us his rookie yr?? ya real soft there ….

  31. antmel30 - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    72 posts for a fight why because its about the flyers. Get the logic pht has behind this post. I don’t care what team you route for but only the flyers can generate that many posts on a fight. Penguins fans follow flyers as much as the fans do.

  32. paresident21 - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    I love it for all the hate the flyers get on here they are always the most commented. BLACK AND ORANGE. Keep on hating haters making us the most popular team day after day.

  33. broadstbully33 - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Stop throwing hats it’s hurting my feelings. Please ref please?

  34. phillyphannn83 - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    rfawns1 February 6, 2013, 1:15 PM EST

    Look at this it makes it pretty clear
    Seriously, this tells the whole story…period!

  35. andyb02 - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    If you honestly think it was dirty, watch this video of Rinaldo mic’d up.

    If you still think it’s dirty even though the ref said it was clean, email the NHL and see if they can get it through your thick skull.

  36. broadstbully33 - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    And that explains it all. Good post. But most of these commenters will just brush off facts just to bash Philly some more.

  37. paresident21 - Feb 8, 2013 at 5:38 AM


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  2. P. Kessel (1596)
  3. M. Richards (1357)
  4. N. Backstrom (1165)
  5. M. Giordano (1144)