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NHL schedules Sunday hearing with Flyers’ Zolniercyzk

Mar 2, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT

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If the NHL indeed decides to suspend or fine Flyers forward Harry Zolnierczyk for his hit on Ottawa Senators defenseman Mike Lundin from Saturday’s 2-1 Philly win, we’ll find out soon. The league has a Sunday afternoon hearing scheduled with Zolniercyzk, according to

Zolnierczyk, 25, delivered a polarizing check on Washington Capitals center Mathieu Perreault on Wednesday, which didn’t draw a suspension. Many believe he won’t dodge a suspension this time around.

Beyond the optics of the hit itself, Lundin has reportedly been diagnosed with a concussion. The NHL factors injuries into punishments, so the 28-year-old blueliner’s condition won’t help Zolnierczyk’s cause.

Zolniercyzk now has 36 PIM in six games this season after totaling 35 in 37 games in 2011-12.


  1. nygdriveforfive - Mar 2, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    He is going to get suspended for sure.

  2. thehighcountrybear - Mar 2, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    And what of Alfredsson’s retaliatory face hack on Rinaldo? Clearly a premeditated attack by a player with a long history of dubious stick work? I’m calling for either 20 continuos hours of Juliette reruns played at 95 decibels with an out of sync audio track, or more mercifully, the guillotine…

  3. jimw81 - Mar 2, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    i dont understand why Zolnierczyk is still on the roster.

  4. mclovinhockey - Mar 2, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    He leaves his feet, but the contact is with the chest so his suspension won’t be longer than 2-3 games.

    Still wondering what will happen with Alfie, technically that is instigation because he attacked some one who made a clean, legal hit and he did it highly illegally. When I first heard Alfie cross checked Rinaldo in the head I was like “this announcer must be drunk, he means Rinaldo cross checked Alfie right?” Then I watched the replay and I was like “my TV must be drunk”

  5. herc883 - Mar 2, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Cut to the middle with your head down and you will get steam rolled. I learned this in first year peewee. Harry Z did leave his feet but it wasn’t that bad… I still see him likely getting a couple games. Alfie should be getting a look also for his cross check… Maybe a fine

  6. kingjoe1 - Mar 2, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    I am not sure he left his feet prior to the hit. Certainly after Ludin start going backwards Z’s feet came off the ice.

    I hope Alfredson also has a hearing scheduled for his assualt with a deadly weapon. Cross checking someone in the face could kill him; alas I guess the blonde bomber will get a pass cause he is so light on his feet.

  7. dolphincult - Mar 2, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Look closely, you will see one of zolnierczyk’s underage home porn videos from junior hockey fall out of his pocket on the hit.

  8. jpelle82 - Mar 3, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    alfredson should get a game here too i agree. flyers should be embarassed about this win though

  9. President Charles Logan - Mar 3, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Danielle “Alfie” is an old over the hill past his prime fossil that’s hanging on for dear life in this sport, the face of a franchise that’s known nothing but epic failure . Retire already.

  10. bigdong28 - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    IF you look at Harry Z as he was cutting in for the check his knees were bent and he was low…as he was about to make contact he pushed off with his legs to move up into Lundin…Since Zolniercyzk’s weight & momentum over powered Lundin’s, Lundin dropped to the ice immediately leaving Zolniercyzk in the natural upward motion, lifting him off the ice. If he had not gotten low & moved up like he did, it would have been a weight vs. weight collision. All of us who have played hockey or football know u get low & move up when making a hit. I do not believe it was Zolniercyzk’s intent to leave his feet before the impact but he mistimed his upward motion which may have made his skates leave the ice a millisecond too soon.

    4 games IMHO is steep. I bet if Lundin didn’t have a concussion it would have been 1 or 2.

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