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Zolnierczyk suspended four games for charging incident

Mar 3, 2013, 4:33 PM EDT

Harry Zolnierczyk‘s reckless hit in yesterday’s game against Ottawa is going to cost him.

Brendan Shanahan and the Office of Player Safety handed out a four-game suspension to the Flyers forward for his reckless charge into Ottawa defenseman Mike Lundin. The ban will cost Zolnierczyk $12,972.96 in salary that goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Lundin suffered a concussion on the play and that injury helped play a part in earning Zolnierczyk a hefty suspension as a first-time offender. For the full explanation from Shanahan, let’s go to the video.

  1. Nofoolnodrool - Mar 3, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Can’t wait for the whining from Philly fans. It will be about the same as when the ravens won the SB their fans whined about the refs and they won…pathetic

    • blackacre25 - Mar 3, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      We get it, dude. You became a Pens fan when they got Crosby and now beat off to his poster.

      • handsofsweed - Mar 3, 2013 at 6:08 PM

        That’s a no go. He’s in a serious relationship with a poster on PFT named “Ravenator.” You ought to read the ridiculous crap those two say to each other, It’s like they are literally the same person…but on opposite sides of the Pittsburgh v Baltimore rivalry. And the best part is that neither of them ever say anything even remotely based in reality or truth.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 3, 2013 at 9:20 PM

        Because it’s impossible to hate that Flyers fans could stick up for a dirty player with a criminal history if you aren’t a Pens fan?

      • dolphincult - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:02 PM

        Better than beating off to home made porn of underage girls like Zolnierczyk used to in his junior days

      • filadelphiaphlyers - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:25 AM

        hockeywithdrawal, where do you get the ‘dirty player with a dirty history’ part? they clearly stated that he is a ‘first-time offender’.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      Shut up man, the Philly fans who think that hit wasn’t a suspendable offence are a very small minority. Zolnierczyk was clearly in the wrong on a wreckless play, and he got a just penalty. I thought it would be two games, as it was his first suspension, but I think Lundin’s concussion raised the bar. I’m fine with the 4 games and hopefully Lundin isn’t out too long. It’s not as if playing without Harry Z is a huge loss.

      • chrisvegas - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:51 PM

        If he wasn’t a Flyer it would have only been two games, but the Flyers always get the worst punishment because people still crap themselves at the thought of the Broad Street Bullies.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 3, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      I really don’r think any fan base is whining about these types of hits being disciplined and I especially don’t think the rank and file has a problem with it ! Keeping players in the game healthy is good for the game and what is good for the game puts money in the pocket of the players ! That being said I still think the players are looking for that perfect knock out hit that falls within the rules !
      Only problem being with the size and speed of the game its very hard to deliver the perfect hit because you naturally lift up when you deliver any hit in hockey !

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 3, 2013 at 6:33 PM

        When I was a young buck growing up in the 70′s and watching hockey down at the old Spectrum the punishment for skating with your head down was a legal hit called the hip check ! This is a lost art now a days because of how the speed of the game has change dramatically and to calculate this hit these days is almost impossible to deliver without looking the fool ! Once in awhile you will see it along the boards hardly ever in open ice !

  2. habsman - Mar 3, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    This can’t be right, P.J. Stock said it wasn’t even a penalty.

    • sabatimus - Mar 3, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      If PJ Stock jumped to hit a player, he’d only come up to their chest anyway.

  3. puckmepuckyou - Mar 3, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    You are a moron.

  4. herc883 - Mar 3, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Four games is too many. Not like the Flyers will really miss him in the line up. I expected a couple games because he did launch himself but the head was not principal point of contact and he wasn’t targeting it. Harry did a great job actually approaching the check but he needs to learn not too jump.

  5. blackacre25 - Mar 3, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    One or two games would have been acceptable. The hit was a little high, but it needs to be kept in mind that Lundin tried to stop when he saw Harry Z coming at him. By stopping, it increased the distance between when Harry Z anticipated making contact, and when he actually did. If Lundin had not stopped, Harry Z would not have left the ice prior to contact. 4 games is ridiculous.

  6. puckmepuckyou - Mar 3, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Glad to see most of us saw the same thing.

  7. malkinrulez - Mar 3, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    4 games seems excessive, I was guessing 1 or 2. Other than a slight launch looked like a good hit.

  8. chazxcore - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    It was an illegal hit. He deserved to get some sort of suspension but not 4 games, especially without a history. I guarantee that the league took the hit from the game before into account.

    James Neal took out Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux with illegal hits/charging in 42 seconds and he has a history with illegal hits and he only got one game. I know the injury is the difference in the incidents but twice in one game with a history = one game. 1 hit, one game no history = 4 games.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:18 PM

      Unfortunately I think Shanahan and the league took into account that James Neal was an integral part of a playoff team so they went easy on him. Plus the NHL loves when the Penguins make a run because they’re marketable. So they didn’t wanna take away one of Pittsburgh’s best players while they were on the brink of elimination. But that’s just my interpretation as a Flyers fan. It’s a shame that they have different standards during the regular season and with players who aren’t stars. Just look at the fact that Shea Weber wasn’t even suspended for one game in last years playoffs, despite crushing Zetterberg’s head.

    • crashtheboards55 - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      As a Pens fan i agree totally. No way Neal was gonna get suspended. It was ridiculous that he wasn’t. As for the topic at hand 4 was a bit much but I’m sure Murray and the rest of the Ottawa aholes cried about being targeted and blah blah blah.

      • killerpgh - Mar 3, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        You do know James Neal did get suspended, right?

      • crashtheboards55 - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:02 AM

        Yeah i know Neal got suspended. Half of what I wrote got lost. What i also said was mo way Neal was getting more than 1 game. Sorry about that.

  9. malkinrulez - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    James Neal has a history of illegal hits? Please refresh my memory

  10. thehighcountrybear - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    This is how the less endowed in the NHL head office square accounts with the amply endowed Ed Snider…forget hockey, it’s all about size!

  11. 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.

  12. broadstbully33 - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Alfredson should be suspended for smashing his stick over Ronaldo’s head on purpose

  13. philly4lyfe - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    do you not remember neal having 2 disciplinary hearings for incidents that occured on the same shift? how quickly we forget….

  14. coronakid76 - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    So what happend to the CROSS CHECK to the grill of Rinaldo??? Danny boy get’s to skate on that?? Hmmmm, questionable hockey hit get’s 4 games but an intended cross check to the face (2x) get’s a 10 min. misconduct? NHL would get more outta Danny in forefeited money for their slush fund.

  15. wicky888 - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    4 seems a little high but whatever. When is Alfie’s hearing for the cross check into Rinaldo’s face? It’s probably Monday at half-past never…..

  16. thehighcountrybear - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Hopefully Ronaldo will recover in time for his next Champions’ League match…? Kidding aside, I couldn’t agree with you more, Alfredsson’s face hack needed examination, but noooooooo! My guess is the NHL couldn’t bear the prospect of having to listen to either Eugene Melnyk or Bryan Murray cry the blues.

  17. chrisvegas - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    First all it was an illegal hit and he should be suspended at most 2 games. Compared to some of the other hits we have seen the past two years, this was NOT one of the bad ones, so how he got 4 games can only be because he is a Philadelphia Flyer hitting a player from a Canadian team. Four games for his first offense is complete BS. Every year the Flyers are the most penalized team based solely on the reputation from the Broad Street Bullies way back in the mid 70′s. It is a complete joke because overall the Flyers are not a dirty team anymore. This team is a skilled team. Yes they are gritty and can handle their own, but that doesn’t make a team dirty. This suspension is BS and if Harry Zolnierczyk played for ANY other team in the NHL he would have only gotten 1 to 2 games suspension.

  18. flyersfan67 - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Shanahan at it again, no consistancy with his rulings, max two games not four. I don’t know what he’s doing, I think his own concussions are starting to effect his reasoning

    • dmfc1112 - Mar 3, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      I think Shanny just rolls the dice to get his decision. I agree. He has no consistency. I’m not sure how a hockey play gone a little bad gets 4 games while Duncan Keith gets 5 for a blatant and purposeful elbow which is not a hockey play.

  19. puckmepuckyou - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Alfie targeted the head for sure no question. I thought that was the leagues #1 priority, ending shots to the head

  20. sjsharks66 - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    The only reason it is 4 games is because he met with Shanaban about 2 days before this. Coincidence that the next game he has to go back? They are giving him a tough lesson for his first suspension.

  21. malkinrulez - Mar 3, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    philly4lyfe the incident in Philly in the playoffs is the only incident I am aware of. He said Neal had a history before that. So what were the incidents?

    • dmfc1112 - Mar 3, 2013 at 6:42 PM

      You do realize that James Neal wasn’t always a Penguin?? He was suspended as a Dallas Star.

    • wicky888 - Mar 3, 2013 at 6:58 PM

      http://www.defendingbigd.com/2012/4/15/2950866/video-james-neal-hits-sean-couturier-claude-giroux-headshot-suspension-history-penguins-flyers

  22. malkinrulez - Mar 3, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Hate to let facts get in the way of a good rant! So Giroux is a dirty player because he has a prior suspension? I don’t believe that but that is what is being implied about Neal

  23. joewilliesshnoz - Mar 3, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    I wish that someone would leave their feet and take out Laviolette.

  24. President Charles Logan - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    4 games for that hit was a bit excessive in my opinion

  25. dwdive - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    4 games seems like a little much, but I’m ok with it. It looked like a clean hit until you watch 7 times in slow motion. He barely left his feet, but oh well. Just wish the NHL was more consistent with the suspensions for dirty plays.

  26. mancave001 - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    As a Flyers fan I will tell you I thought the hit was a bit over the top, mostly due to the launching. It was illegal and should have netted a fine or 1 game suspension. 4 games is way too long IMHO. It’s hockey, fellas. Please Shanahan, don’t pull a Goodell here.

  27. antmel30 - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    I love how pitt fans have such a short memory. Less than a year ago your beloved Neal had a far more dirt hit on Couts. Couts didn’t even have puck and Neal was a couple more inches off the ground. Stop being hypocrites and worry about your own teams actions before passing judgements. I know you guys will come back with 1975 or the broad street bullies or the big misconception that pitt as a city has more championships than philly. If pitt fans took time to google they would actually find out they are 3 championships behind Philly as a whole. Philly has 17 total pitt has 14. So stop with all the bashing and just take a step back remember own teams actions before casting judgements

  28. malkinrulez - Mar 3, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    I did know Neal played for the Stars but was unaware he got suspended as a Star! That’s what I was asking. The only incident I was aware of was in Philly.

  29. malkinrulez - Mar 3, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    wicky888 I appreciate the link . The Dorsett hit didn’t look like there was any intent to injure but could see how he got suspended .

  30. malkinrulez - Mar 3, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    By the way what Pens fans are ripping Z? Seems like most are saying 4 games was excessive. I agree the way punishments are handed out feels like someone throws a dart at the board to get a number.

  31. jazzyherb - Mar 3, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Antmel30–the cities are actually even at 14 when you consider phila has a nba team and Pitts does not

  32. jimw81 - Mar 3, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    this is a one game suspension if Lundin doesn’t get a concussion. it’s similar to mike richards hit couple years ago on petrovecky and booth. i have no problem with the suspension.

  33. feedmetherock - Mar 3, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    I think he got 4 because he literally just had another meeting with Shannon a week or two ago and got off with nothing.

  34. mj1818 - Mar 4, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    Flyers continue to prove why they are the dirtiest team in the league. Scum.

  35. mj1818 - Mar 4, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Antmel- nobody cares about NFL championships. When the eagles win a Super Bowl start talking.

  36. broadstbully33 - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Pen trolls out in full force. Withdrawal climb back in your hole. When the pens lose its nice to see you take a break from trolling it gives all the real hockey fans a chance to talk hockey.

  37. Anthony Maiorana - Mar 4, 2013 at 5:58 PM

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