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Video: Harry Zolnierczyk gets tossed for launching into Mike Lundin

Mar 2, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

Philadelphia’s Harry Zolnierczyk was able to escape punishment once, but he likely won’t again.

The rugged Flyers forward delivered a monster hit on Ottawa’s Mike Lundin in the first period of this afternoon’s game that earned him a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. Lundin left the game with an upper-body injury and will not return.

As you’ll see in the video, Zolnierczyk appears to leave his feet to deliver the hit and winds up connecting with Lundin’s head. While he wasn’t punished for his hit on Wednesday to Washington’s Mathieu Perreault (see that here), it would seem almost certain that Brendan Shanahan will be calling him to discuss this hit.

Check out the play here, as well as Zac Rinaldo‘s wild scrap with Kaspars Daugavins, with this video courtesy of CSNPhilly.

  1. mclovinhockey - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Ugh, can’t see the video from my phone. All the angles I see on tv you can’t see his feet and it just looks like a clean hit.

    Anyway an open ice shoulder to the chest hit like this with no injury and given a 5 and a game that early in the first…. I don’t know, it was exactly like his last hit so at most I see is a fine.
    Like I said though, need a better view.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:33 PM

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    • sabatimus - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      Yes, you certainly do need a much better view.

  2. cavafox - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Happened to flip past NHL on the intermission. At first it looked clean. Then they showed a reverse angle where you can see him leave his feet and what it seems like make contact with the head.

    The NHL network commentators thought he would be hearing from shanny on this.

  3. misterchainbluelightning - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Oh look another silly skater trying to go east and west near the blueline. Doesn’t excuse the head shot and launching off the ice at the head, but this doesn’t happen if he just keeps skating north and south near that line. Kid deserves 4 games at min for this reckless and illegal hit.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      I’d say two is more realistic.

      • themohel - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        I’d go eight if the league is serious. I’m guessing you’d be okay with eight if it were Claude laying on the ice.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:14 PM

        No if it was Giroux I’d still say 2, 3 at most. He left his feet, but he’s never been suspended and Lundin dropped his head. There’s a precedent for 2-3 game suspensions.

  4. eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Beautiful hit ,,,the result if the hit is being penalized !

  5. rarelyshaves - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    I like how the only time we hear about the flyers this season is:
    a) throwing cheap shots
    b) being downright awful

    philly should be a colony of vancouver

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      Is that why they just had like 5 articles about Voraceks monster month and Gagne’s triumphant return? Get a clue and quit following typical stereotypes.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      rarleybathes your a zero trying to be a one BIG HITTTT !

  6. aklolzer - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    oh man I wish that was crosby instead of lundin.

    • letsgopens8771 - Mar 2, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      Says the a$$hole who wanted Malkin to be paralyzed!!!

      This is what separates Flyers fans from other fans in terms of class. Flyers fans wish for other players, (especially great players) to be severely injured, which is a disgrace to the game. The Flyers throw cheapshots like it is a bodily function, often resulting in severe injuries/concussions. If the Flyers were to win a game without throwing cheapshots, it would be a miracle. aklolzer, when a player gets hit in the head, like what happened here, and he is down on the ice possibly bleeding, you cheer and wish ill on him. What a testament to your character and the character of other Flyers fans. ELIMINATE HEADSHOTS!!!

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 2, 2013 at 3:39 PM

        You are completely wrong in every aspect of your statement. His senseless comments do not speak for all Flyers fans. Nor do the Flyers “throw cheap shots like it’s a bodily function”. Did you see how low your almighty Pens stooped in last years series? Because your team was the one playing dirty. And that trend continues in the Flyer-Pens rivalry. Quit acting all high and mighty when your squad will never turn down a chance at an easy headshot, especially when the refs are looking the other way.

      • tcclark - Mar 3, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        I know right? It’s like for some reason our affinity for a hockey team makes us wish ill will on others… and it’s not just hockey players. We just beat up any person that we want. We throw dangerous objects at beloved fictional Holiday icons. And if someone is wearing clothing for another team, just minding their own business…. kill them. At worst maim them, but absolute death is preferable.

        I don’t get it. That psychopath Ed Snider has warped all of our minds into believing that hockey is not about skill, but about putting large dents in people’s brains. I wish I could be a Pens fan where i could watch 100% clean hockey, but the good ol’ Ed has my brain and others manipulated. We are all classless. I hope one day that we are all able to gain some grace like all Pens fans, but for now we will continue to let aklolzer speak for us all. Thank you letsgopen8771 for understanding what a terrible group of people we all are – the fans, the organization, and most of all, the players. I’d like to say something like “God Bless You,” but I’m a Flyers fans, so unfortunately I have to wish death upon you and your family. I’m sorry, that’s just our way.

  7. mclovinhockey - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Wait so he did leave his feet and make head contact?
    I was not sure about the feet but I could have sworn it was shoulder to chest… The way Lundin went down holding his chest and not his head also made it seem like there was no head contact at all. It’s hard to tell from my phone though haha

  8. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    It looked like he left his feet to me, which will warrant a suspension. But, at the same time, it looked like Lundin dropped his head. The thing with Harry Z is that he’s a fringe player, so he tries to do anything that will set him apart and keep him in the lineup. Hence he tries to throw big hits. Also, shouldn’t Ottawa have gotten an instigator penalty for immediately jumping on Rinaldo?

    • tatdue - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      I think you meant to say “shouldn’t Rinaldo have also gotten an instigator for jumping the first Ottawa player he could get his hands on after the hit!” Daugavins didn’t even have his gloves off for the first half of the undeserved beating he took. But that’s Rinaldo right…grab the guy that’s never been in a fight in his life and pound him! I try not to join in with all the Philly haters but this crap just keeps on happening….

      I also have to say that Yerdon using the term “wild scrap” for that one sided attack is more than a little gratuitous….

      • orangandblack - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        “Daugavins didn’t even have his gloves off for the first half of the undeserved beating he took”….watch again, there was jersey pulling but a punch was not thrown until the gloves were off. The hit was dirty, but the fight, although one-sided, was not

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 2, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        Rinaldo did not throw ONE punch until after the gloves were off. And I think you need to watch that replay again bc Daugavins and Rinaldo clearly grasp eachother. Rinaldo did not jump him. I know Rinaldo has been a scumbag in the past, but he’s way way more disciplined this season. He’s drawn just as many or more penalties than he’s actually taken. And I’d like to know what “crap keeps happening”? The Flyers have a rep, garnered in the 70s (when everyone was dirty), that is not even close to deserved currently. This Flyers team is not dirty. Are the Oilers dirty bc Hall took out Clutterbuck? Are the Caps dirty bc Erskine threw a clearly illegal elbow to Simmonds head? Are the Sens dirty bc Alfredsson cross-checked Rinaldo in the side of the head and got a 5 min major? It’s HOCKEY, people get hit. Sometimes it’s clean, sometimes it’s dirty. The Flyers do not bogard the illegal play. I clearly stated the Zolnierczyk was in the wrong, but Rinaldo was not. Of course I’ll get a bunch of thumbs down bc the Flyers haters are out today.

      • xxpoisoniveyxx - Mar 2, 2013 at 4:48 PM

        I’m sure rinaldo was good at beating up his sister

  9. kaptaanamerica - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    you can see clearly that he jumped into his head with a shoulder. if he hit him shoulder to chest then different story. rinaldo jumped the senator player.this is dishonorable and suspendable. if Hansen got suspended for a marginal hit to Hossa then this guy should get fifty games, but it’ll be more like five.

    • kaptaanamerica - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      rinaldo jumping the guy isn’t suspendable but i meant the hit is.

    • themohel - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      This one is the exact type of hit that needs to be eradicated from the game. Hansen’s was nothing compared to this one. I was okay with Hansen’s and this one should be at least eight. One or two is not a disincentive at all.

      • kaptaanamerica - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        Hansen made a play for the puck but because it was Hossa and the hawks were crying he got suspended.I’d be okay with Hansen getting suspended if they maintained one standard but they don’t and other players have gotten away with much worse.its a total joke.

      • themohel - Mar 2, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        Kap, your tin foil hat is showing

  10. jasol20 - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    I am by NO means a Flyers fan – but that was a clean hit that didn’t deserve a game misconduct. He doesn’t leave his feet until after the initial contact, as the momentum of the hit and Lundin going down carries him off his feet. And the principal point of contact is not the head, it’s the upper chest. If the top of Zolnierczyk’s helmet clips Lundin’s chin, it doesn’t make the head the principal point of contact. Really frustrating to see a clean hit penalized like that. Pretty soon we’ll be playing two hand touch with sticks and pucks.

    The biggest problem is Rinaldo’s response. There was a small gathering but nothing really going down until Rinaldo blasts in and shakes off his gloves and pulls Daugavins away. Daugavins still had his gloves on, he thought they were just going to tie up and wait for things to settle. Rinaldo needs to mature and realize that a clean hit by his own guy doesn’t mean he needs to come flying in there and tee off on the first guy he can get his hands on.

  11. themohel - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Left his feet. Primary contact with the head. Appeared to hunt him down to make the hit – tried to injure him, and did so. This is not the point of hockey. If the league is serious about head injuries they have to make bigger penalties for these hits and include the coach and team in the penalties. Otherwise it will continue and lessen the league’s greatness.

    • tcclark - Mar 3, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      how do you quantify intent? Are you Harry Z?

  12. muttbolts - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Philly, it’s only an instigator if a player starts a fight in defense of a teammate due to a legal hit.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      Ah ok thanks for the clarification.

  13. puckmepuckyou - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    He will get suspended on the fact this is twice in two games however hit looked clean. Looked like he left his skates after contact and hit the chest first. Close either way but sure suspension

  14. muttbolts - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    Launching yourself is different from leaving your feet. When you launch yourself you don’t leave your feet till after contact is made. Kind of like a spear in wrestling.

    • themohel - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      exactly correct. there is more power on impact if the feet leave the surface just after contact. coming from low up to the head and then leaving the feet is where the violence is most severe. Dirty hit, with intent to injure.

  15. friedberg7 - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    This guy is getting suspended. If Ovie gets suspended for the same kind of hit then some scrub from Philly will get suspended too.

  16. thehighcountrybear - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    While he appears to leave his feet, the hit is product of text book body checking technique driving up and through the opponents centre of gravity: a fraction early, he appears to launch into his opponent when the expected collision occurs later in his travel; the error is itself product of his opponent attempting to hold-up and sandbag expected contact. No intent at head contact, no foul accordingly! Players delivering hits should not be held accountable for an opponent’s effort to evade the hit that of itself, exacerbates the force and consequence of the hit. The rules are clear: the onus is on the puck carrier to keep his head up. Still, the league should treat all follow-up action by teammates of the recipient of the hit as being third man in, and penalize accordingly.

  17. cavafox - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Country bear. I get what your saying except the league has clearly made the point that the onus is now on the person delivering the hit to ensure it is a clean hit. Yes, even when the opponent puts themselves in a vulnerable position.

    Just look at the past boarding calls and shanny explanations. He will even mention ‘even though the player was in a vulnerable position…2 game suspension’.

    • kaptaanamerica - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      correct.the onus is on the hitter to make the hit stay legal despite any evasive maneuvers on the part of the target.in this case the hit did not stay legal.

  18. orangandblack - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Should of saved that hit for Crosby

    • bettmanblows - Mar 2, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      A hack like that is not skilled enough to line up Crosby. Keep dreaming loser!

      • orangandblack - Mar 2, 2013 at 4:25 PM

        It may be a dream, but hopefully one day Crosby’s precious head will get dented in on a nice hit like this

    • xxpoisoniveyxx - Mar 2, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      maybe you could get a goalie to stop him first

  19. speedstickmusk - Mar 2, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    This stiff is already toeing the line between clean and dirty… doesn’t appear to have much talent except a propensity to launch himself at guys… better to send a message now with a suspension before he does some serious damage to someone… ‘course he’s wearing orange… fits in nicely with hartnell, rinaldo, et all…

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 2, 2013 at 3:08 PM

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    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 2, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      Please Hartnell is hardly dirty. He has way more crap done to him than he does to others.

      • xxpoisoniveyxx - Mar 2, 2013 at 4:46 PM

        typical phlyer tard

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 2, 2013 at 6:43 PM

        Give me some examples then xxpoisoniveyxx… If you’re so much more intelligent than this “phlyer tard” it should be no problem. Let me guess, it’s gonna be biting Letang and boarding plays against Buffalo this season. If you actually watched Flyers games, instead of basing assumptions off stereotype’s, then you’d see the type of punishment Hartnell takes game in and game out. The dude plays an agitating, power type game but he’s not a dirty player. Is it dirty to pull hair or punch someone in the back of the head? Bc that has happened to Hartnell on numerous occasions. The abuse he takes standing in front of opposing nets is far worse than anything he dishes out.

  20. thehighcountrybear - Mar 2, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Insofar as post-hit festivities are concerned, Rinaldo waited until Daugavins shook off his gloves before proceeding into the one-sided punch up. The whole hit retaliation thing is starting to appear as staged as the puck drop dust-ups. Hockey…meet the WWF. Coming next, players coming off the top of the boards with body slams, full leather face masks, and designated villains…

  21. thehighcountrybear - Mar 2, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    The difference between clean hit and dirty hit is separated by hundredths of a second…analysis of the hit, penalty call if any, and subsequent censure if any has to be based on real-time study. We as astute experts of the game, tend to draw assessment from super slow motion replay? If the game was played in super slow motion, most of us would be in the bigs still playing…

  22. doughboy73 - Mar 2, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Harry Z has one above average skill, he has speed. The last two games he has caught guys with their head down. I do believe he left his feet and will get suspended, but he did everything else textbook. He tucked the elbow in, led with the shoulder, and aimed for the chest. 2 games

  23. archarya - Mar 2, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Harry will get suspended( for most likely 2 games) for that hit. It looks like he goes for the chest but dude kind of shrinks down as he goes across the blue line after the pass. And for Rinaldo? Man, dont sound so jealous;he’s a flyer. No one wants to fight him because he’s a beast. He protects his players and, as of late, has been drawing all kinds of penalties from other teams enforcer types. I hope the evolution of his game continues.

  24. xxpoisoniveyxx - Mar 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    And of course retardo goes after the first light weight he can grab… Time to grow some balls rinaldo and actually dance with a big boy! Thank god alfie showed him some wood…NICE!!

  25. govtminion - Mar 2, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    I didn’t like the hit he threw in the last seconds against the Capitals, and I sure don’t like this one. Left his feet, contact with the head- there’s really no way around this being a bad hit. He got away with one Wednesday- I’d be stunned if he did this time.

  26. coronakid76 - Mar 2, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    not hard to hit the guy in the head when his head is chest level……was a hard hit!!! his head was shoulder level to Zolnierczyk as he was attempting to crouch down and cut cross ice and got flattened (You can see him right before Impact leaning backwards to brace for it too)…..As far as the rinaldo fight…..Don’t grab a fighter if you don’t fight! You see Shenn going after Neal when he gave him the business?? Nope, You saw Simmonds get in the middle of that (funny how Neal didn’t stare down Simmonds but continued to go after the lesser of the two). Shouldn’t be a fine or suspension at all. Players’ aren’t gonna get that puck ragging cross cut open ice move in any game without someone gunning for the big hit.

  27. dcent87 - Mar 2, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Am I missing something? Or has jack Bauer 24 not put his 6 troll sense in?

  28. herc883 - Mar 2, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    I don’t even need to make my own comment as I agree with everything thehighcountrybear says. This guy knows his stuff.

  29. feedmetherock - Mar 3, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    This is the exact type of hit that needs to be gone from the game. He clearly locked on to the player and was going for the kill shot. By launching yourself upward, you are essentially causing the receiving person to snap their head back and cause further damage. Concussions will continue to be an issue in the sport because you have guys that are bigger and faster, delivering hits like this. He is clearly in the process of leaving his feet as he is about to make contact. He should be suspended 5 games. Dirty hit all the way. Even though the forward tried to avoid the hit or slowed down, it isn’t the responsibility of the puck carrier to take the hit, but it is the responsibility of the hitter to make sure they aren’t flying around recklessly. The hitter needs to be in control of their body, if the player they are intending to hit pulls up, then the hitter needs to do everything in their power to not deliver a reckless hit. If they don’t, then the hits look predetermined and that they had intent to injure the puck carrier.

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