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Video: Oilers’ Belov gets match penalty for questionable Giroux headshot

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.

  1. pxland - Nov 9, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Turrible call. Turrible.

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 9, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Im surprised the Flyers didnt go all WWE on the Oilers for that hit

    • pitpenguinsrulez - Nov 9, 2013 at 6:05 PM

  3. blackheart78 - Nov 9, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Why in the world would Paul Coff….oh wait that’s Anton Belov.

  4. thehabsnation - Nov 9, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Not even a headshot, shoulder to shoulder as Yerdon stated.

    I don’t think he will receive any supplemental discipline.

  5. joey4id - Nov 9, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    It was a blind sided hit, but the principal point of contact was the shoulder. Belov’s shoulder may have grazed Giroux’s chin on the follow through. No suspension, but Belov should be put on notice.

    • pxland - Nov 9, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      It was perfectly clean. Giroux had the puck, shoulder to shoulder.

      I like G and don’t particularly like Edmonton, but c’mon.

    • pxland - Nov 9, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      The only ones who should be put “on notice” here are the officials.

    • sabatimus - Nov 9, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      Put on notice for what? A legal check? The only thing he might need to be put on notice for his Flyer retaliation.

    • sunderlanding - Nov 9, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      The only way that’s a blind side hit is if Giroux is blind. He comes at him face to face. This hit is perfectly clean.

      • joey4id - Nov 9, 2013 at 6:26 PM

        Giroux was going north south and Belov was going east west. So, it can’t be face to face. No suspension.

      • sunderlanding - Nov 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM

        Look at the faces dude. Giroux was not going north/south he was moving on an angle. When the check is made they are face to face.

  6. amiscu - Nov 9, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    A blind sides hit? Hi roux was clearly aware of the situation, attempted a common move to avoid the hit, and was caught, though caught shoulder to shoulder, clean. The refs, understandably, given the speed of the play, saw head contact, but it wasn’t there. Clean hit, that one’s on Giroux

  7. nunan - Nov 9, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Clean hit. Nothing will come of that.

  8. sjsharks66 - Nov 9, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    What a joke from the Flyers announcer! He jumps and hits his head? He bumped G and Hartnell and they both fly to the ice.

    What an embarrassment. That is a match penalty and the elbow against Kelly the other night is missed? Suspend the refs from now on.

    • rontrabaroe - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:33 AM

      I agree whole heartedly if you only mean coatesy (I know you probably don’t know them by name). He get’s his homer attributes way up and it bothers even me; a fan for years.

  9. Stiller43 - Nov 9, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Put on notice? For a clean hit?

  10. sjsharks66 - Nov 9, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    To be clear i am saying the refs are the embarrassments.. Don’t need flyers fans up in arms. šŸ˜‰

    • sheckyrimshot - Nov 9, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      dont worry we’re all pretty embarrased by coatsey

      • holeecowman - Nov 9, 2013 at 8:55 PM

        coatsey should just keep his arse at the bar his comments are totally ridiculous I have had the dis pleasure of meeting him a few yrs ago and was the rudest person at the carnival why he still has his job is a mystery imo hes up there with tim panoch useless space

  11. packerswin96 - Nov 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    The NHL has to start fining these refs when an embarrassing call like this is made. Completely freakin’ ridiculous!!!

  12. thomasvanek - Nov 9, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Giroux’s fault he tried to get cute with it and slowed down so he got hit in a rough position not dirty at all

  13. gmenfan1982 - Nov 9, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Shouldn’t have been a penalty at all. Clean shoulder hit.

  14. hy3rid28 - Nov 9, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    that was a terrible call but the refs must have known it was because they made that bull $hit call on Simmonds during the power play to even it up

  15. muckleflugga - Nov 9, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    pretty good sell by giroux…

    ditto grossman on the boarding call late-on, pure theatre

    saw this stuff creeping in to the flyers’ game last season

    that’s what’s ailing the flyers, they no longer possess that imperious belief in themselves as goon central, straying rather towards girl central

    bobby wouldn’t have it if he had any say

  16. homegrowntalentmn - Nov 9, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    That’s how you hit!! Never left his feet, point of contact was shoulder to shoulder. Refs should be fined. Accountability people.

  17. psudu - Nov 9, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Even the Flyers radio announcers were beside themselves. Therien said there was no way it was a penalty. They couldn’t believe it was called

  18. mclovinhockey - Nov 9, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    I think everyone agree, clean hit. Bad call by the refs. I am not happy that call change the game, although I am a Flyers fan, I am a hockey fan first. There was a makeup call right after but a 2 min make up for a 5 min bad call isn’t a fair trade off.

    @sjshark, did they change the video? I don’t hear the announcers saying anything like that. I had the radio announce team on and they were shocked it was even called.

  19. blackandorangeforlife - Nov 9, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    No penalty let alone a match penalty……Ref should publicly apologize for that one!

  20. holeecowman - Nov 9, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    wow just imagine if this were to happen to poor cindy Crosby belov would have been suspended on the spot lol

    it was a marginal call at best at normal speed it looked he threw his elbow up but during replay you could see it was shoulder to should with slight elevation upwards after contact blah blah blah its over lets move on

  21. President Charles Logan - Nov 9, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    steve coates is a joke

  22. shortsxit34 - Nov 9, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Cant really bash the refs for this. It’s not really their fault, theyre being put in an impossible situation. The players are bigger and the game is faster. It’s simply too hard to make these calls at ice level where they don’t have super slo-mo, higher vantage points, unobstructed views and multiple angles like we do. Especially when twice a week everybody is screaming that they missed a headshot.

    The only logical step left is to introduce video review for certain plays. Until then, we’re going to see missed calls and phantom penalties every night.

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