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Video: Flyers’ Rinaldo ejected for elbow on Grabovski

Sep 27, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo was ejected for an elbow to the head of Washington Capitals forward Mikhail Grabovski on Friday.

Rinaldo caught Grabovski up high with a hit in the corner, and was assessed a major penalty for elbowing and a game misconduct. Now, is this a play the NHL will look to add supplementary discipline to?

“I imagine the league will look at it,” Capitals head coach Adam Oates said after the game, as per Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington.

  1. illashell - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    This guy might be the worst. Totally reckless; I really hope he gets suspended.

    • no - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      agreed. get this guy off the ice

    • somekat - Sep 28, 2013 at 6:12 AM

      what was reckless about the hit? He didn’t charge, he didn’t have his elbow up, he didn’t leave his feet until after contact. That was a text book body check, that is how you are taught to hit

      your grasp on reality is reckless

    • rippit2000 - Sep 28, 2013 at 8:35 AM

      He’s a piece of sh!t – worse than Matt Cooke or Raffi Torres. He might even be worse than Ogie Oglethorpe (Ogletorp!) At least Cooke and Torres can actually play hockey – all he does is cheap shot and try to hurt people. And on those rare occasions he actually wins a fight, he hits the guy when he’s already down and out.

      • rippit2000 - Sep 28, 2013 at 8:39 AM

        All that being said, it DID look like a clean hit. Grabovski had his head down and Rinaldo caught him with a shoulder to the head, NOT an elbow. But it’s Rinaldo, and he doesn’t deserve (nor did he get) the benefit of the doubt.

  2. jimw81 - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    he’s a repeat offender. he’s getting suspended.

  3. sjsharks66 - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:15 PM


  4. packerswin96 - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    It was a charge, not an elbow! Having said that he will be suspended on his reputation. Grabovski had his head down the entire way around the back of the net.

    • dueman - Sep 28, 2013 at 3:48 AM

      It wasn’t a charge either. He was gliding, and he never left his feet. It was preditory though, and if you watch it full screen and frame by frame it, it is a clear cut head shot. Like you said, Grabovski had his head down the entire way around the back of the net, so Rinaldo had plenty of time to recognize that, but if you watch, Rinaldo had Grabo lined up even before Rinaldo came into view on the screen. He’ll get suspended alright, but not because of reputation, but because this is the head shot type hit that they want out of the game. His past issues will weigh in as well, but on the bright side, Grabovski wasn’t hurt and that will help him.

  5. lilgurgi - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    The call was pure reputation. In between periods the NHL Network intermission report stated that it was a clean/legal hit. His elbow was down, he didn’t leave his feet until after contact, and he came at him from directly in front.

  6. philly4lyfe - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    5 minute major and game misconduct for hitting too hard. nhl is going the same route as the nfl. just sad.

  7. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 28, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    Looks clean to me, Grabovski head his head extremely low and turned into Rinaldo. But it’s not like it mattered. Classic Grabovski, he’s up and ready for the next face off. Guy can take a beating and keep on going.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 28, 2013 at 1:33 AM

      had* his head

  8. sjsharks66 - Sep 28, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    “Classic grabovski”
    Just like “classic rinaldo”

  9. somekat - Sep 28, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    awful call. a 2 minute penalty would of been a gift for getting hit too hard. A major and an ejection? That is a joke. It’s Rinaldo’s job to clean that guy up, it’s Grabovki’s job to protect himself. Rinaldo did his (with a clean hit), Grabovski didn’t. End of story. It’s not Rinald’s fault Grabovski put himself in an awkward position when he knew a hit was coming.

    Just another example of the Flyers getting penalized not for the act, but for the logo on the jersey. It’s been happening for 30 years

  10. georgejarkko - Sep 28, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    It would be great if Rinaldo and (visor-wearing) Kaleta punched each other right out of the league.

  11. 7mantel - Sep 28, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Ovi always leaves his feet when making hits and gets away with it 99% of the time ! Don’t recall him getting a major !

  12. joey4id - Sep 28, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    If Grobovski’s head would have been lower Rinaldo would have been called for kneeing. Bad call, and should not lead to further disciplinary measures except for the ref who made the bad call.

  13. tcclark - Sep 28, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    That is the weakest game misconduct I have ever seen. No elbow, no charge, came from the front, hit the whole body not just the head, didn’t leave his feet until after the hit, elbow came up to catch his balance and didn’t even hit Grabovski. That was a textbook body check.

  14. blackandorangeforlife - Sep 28, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Another clean Hit from Rinaldo and the complaints come out of the wood work!

  15. broadstreetbeatdown - Sep 28, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Holy crap! How that was called a penalty is beyond me. this league is becoming a joke.

  16. eagles512 - Sep 28, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    It’s funny how people come on here ripping him apart when they obviously didn’t look at the play.

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