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Video: Flyers’ Rinaldo fights Canadiens’ Prust

Apr 3, 2013, 11:31 PM EDT

It may have been a fight that sparked the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.

Trailing by a goal to the Montreal Canadiens early in the second period, Flyers tough guy Zac Rinaldo dropped the gloves with Brandon Prust off a faceoff.

The Flyers eventually went on to score three goals in the third period to defeat the Habs 5-3. Only problem with the fight? Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin gets in the way toward the end.


  1. chrisvegas - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    I love Rinaldo.. He is turning into a good player.. As for the fight…. It wasn’t much of one, all they did was hold each other’s jerseys until they lost balance.

    • jl9830 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      Rinaldo is a disgrace.

  2. sjsharks66 - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Ronaldo’s wild swinging is hilarious. Good fight though! Win to Prust, just because those 2 or 3 shots connected.

  3. martysbetter - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Wait, why does this warrant its own post?
    Was there even a punch landed?
    Is Zac Rinaldo even a hockey player?

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:38 AM

      I don’t know why this “fight” warranted a post, but you don’t know hockey if you don’t think Rinaldo is hockey player. He’s 10x the player he was a year ago. I get that opposing fans and players hate him, but you cannot minimize his contributions this season. He’s been one of the few Flyers who has gone all out, every second of every game.

    • huhsj - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:36 AM

      I love how Flyers fans try to justify that guy wasting a roster spot. Sure he is better than last year but how could he possibly be any worse?

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:57 AM

        Who do you root for? I guarantee I can name 2-3 players from the past 10 years that played the same roll on your team. Guys like rinaldo are NICHE ROLL PLAYERS, they’re not there to light up the stat sheet or anything like that. Also, rinaldo has been playing against other teams top line and hasn’t been getting ripped to shreds, I guess you’re saying anyone can suit up and skate with likes of Alex ovechkin

      • ml3939 - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:00 AM

        I love how you are an idiot. How many games have you watched Rinaldo play? How many game since since February 12th on? The guy has been a bright in the role he plays and has been an asset. You would be hard pressed to find a Flyers fan who has not been happy with the player he has become.

      • nhloon - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:58 AM

        HAHAHAAHAHA So ture

      • mattj2524 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        Ummm…he could still be playing like last year maybe?

  4. 5hole26 - Apr 4, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    here we go the the flyera gm77 again. give it a rest guy

  5. pkswally024 - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    Why can’t you guys embed videos properly for iPhone users?

  6. flyboys12 - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Rinaldo did well here…I think the real win though went to Simmer’s fight. Granted they did the same general dance, just more punches were landed. Overall, win goes to Flyers in the two bouts. The second half of the game was all Philly.

  7. jpelle82 - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    prust owns rinaldo, dont know why he keeps fighting him. dont know how much this fight swung things for the flyers, prust came out of the box and tied the game at 2 a few mins later. must say i was rooting for the flyers as a pens fan though

  8. shortsxit34 - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    These videos aren’t embedded for Android users, either.
    PHT, who exactly are they for?

  9. mattj2524 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Don’t know if anyone caught it, but on the Philly broadcast Zac was mic’d up on the ice. After he and Prust agreed to go before the puck dropped, Zac asked him which shoulder it was (Prust missed time with a shoulder injury recently), I assumed, implying he would try to avoid hitting him on that side/dragging him to the ice on that side. So while it could have been in order to tie up his good arm once they engaged, I’d like to think that Zac is enough of a student of the game to understand the respect and “unwritten rules” of the aspect of the game that he engages in so frequently. Is he a bruiser, yes. Is he out there dangling, scoring highlight reel goals, make tape to tape 2 line passes – of course not. But as said earlier in these posts, any half a$$ed Flyers fan can’t ignore how important of a piece he’s been and of a role he’s played for this team this year.

    • flyboys12 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      Well said MattJ. He has the reputation of getting under team’s skins. I would go out on a limb and say he may as effective if not moreso than Hartnell. Though last night Hartnell played his role to a “T”. You could visibly see the frustration on the Hab’s faces.

  10. ml3939 - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Let me end this quick. Rinaldo is second in the league for penalties drawn per 60 minutes of play for players with at least 20 games played. He ranks first in that category for players with at least 30 games played. Since February 12th, he has played 23 games. He has 8 minor penalties and 5 were concurrent with other players- Letang, Ovechkin, Alfredsson, Ott and Alzner. One of the other penalties definitely was not a penalty (charge in the Buffalo game).. Therefore, realistically he has put his team at a disadvantage twice in the last 23 games and has been excelling in the pest/defender role. To boot he has added 3 goals and 2 assists. And he hits like a truck, and often.

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