Nov 9, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT
The Philadelphia Flyers’ 4-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers wasn’t without some controversy.
At 7:59 of the third period with the Flyers holding a 2-1 lead, Oilers defenseman Anton Belov was issued a match penalty for delivering a blow to the head of Flyers captain Claude Giroux. While Giroux was uninjured on the play, Belov was sent off.
The catch here is it didn’t appear Belov made any contact with Giroux’s head. Check out the video here courtesy of CSN-Philly.
It appears Belov hits Giroux shoulder-to-shoulder and his head only flies back because of the force from the hit. Making matters worse for Edmonton, Giroux scored his first goal of the season a little over three minutes later while the teams were skating 4-on-4.
A match penalty means an automatic one-game suspension, pending league review. You’d have to think the league will wind up rescinding the penalty.
- Captain no more: Sharks strip Thornton of ‘C’ 14
- Tank defense: NHL changes up Draft Lottery format 29
- Fanspeak: Clarke voted greatest Flyer in franchise history 26
- Different tune: Moore hasn’t settled with Bertuzzi, says brother 25
- Rangers win Kevin Hayes sweepstakes 20
- It’s Philadelphia Flyers Day at PHT 58
- Kovalev compares Subban to Leetch, says he isn’t worth the money 49
- Under pressure: Rick Nash 9
- Wang sells Isles to ex-Caps owner Ledecky 41
- Report: MLSE CEO Leiweke to step down (Update: Leiweke denies move) 6