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Video: Rinaldo jumps Roussel, Stars get seven-minute power play

Dec 7, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

Zac Rinaldo saw four seconds of ice time on Saturday. He racked up 27 penalty minutes. His day came to an end just 1:15 into the game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Stars.

The Flyers forward was assessed a major penalty for fighting; a minor for instigating, a misconduct and a game misconduct after he jumped Stars forward Antoine Roussel inside the Dallas zone just over a minute into the opening period.

Roussel didn’t take a penalty, and the Stars emerged with a seven-minute power play to begin the game. They were unsuccessful, despite such a lengthy advantage.

  1. martysbetter - Dec 7, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Zac Rinaldo is a classless piece of garbage, a danger on the ice, and has no place in the NHL.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:09 PM

      OK there drama queen.

      • martysbetter - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:19 PM

        Hey buddy, I hear Walmart is having a special on Duracells this week – you going to take your mongoloid Philly family down to stock up on D-Cells before you take the kids to see Santa this year?

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:23 PM

        D cells for your vibrator? Nobody uses the term mongoloid anymore. Its called Down’s syndrome you dopey little fella. You must be from Bergen County.

  2. steelers88 - Dec 7, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    I totally agree that Zac Rinaldo is a goon. He should be fines or suspended for this. I think the NHL should tell him to change his game or get out. He can still be a tough physical enforcer without being reckless on the ice. When Rinaldo actually plays hockey his a pretty decent goal scorer for a tough guy.

    • c9castine - Dec 7, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      what the hell are you talking about he’s scored 5 goals in his career in 127 games.

    • curioustraveler13 - Dec 7, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      He has 5 goals in 127 games. 5.

      • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Dec 8, 2013 at 1:21 AM

        You do realize he’s been on the fourth line his whole career right? He gets like 6 minutes a game and his job is a checker and penalty killer which leaves him no chance to score goals. I know you don’t watch much hockey considering you’ve all made dumb comments to prove it, but if you watched him you’d know he’s a good hockey player and his stats would show it if he was givin the minutes. I love people like you 3 that are the biggest followers that jump to conclusions when ya see a headline. Matt Cooke was the biggest scumbag but I’ll be the first to say he actually could play decent hockey. Soon you guys will figure out that hockey players have roles on a team and not all supposed to be goal scorers. It’s hilarious how much you google stats to try and prove a point that proves absolutely nothing.

  3. c9castine - Dec 7, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    I’ve said it before. Ill say it now, and I am sure I’ll say it in the future. As long as Philly embraces this “Broad Street Bully” culture and employs players like Zac Rinaldo who continue to play the game the wrong way and put their team in tough situations like this, they will be losers.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      I will not defend this idiotic move, that put us in a terrible position, but essentially every team in the NHL has a Rinaldo-type. Look at 4th lines across the league and you will find similar players… Roussel himself is one of them. It was dumb and dangerous but Rinaldo has his place. Last season he was a valuable player as he managed to draw more penalties then he took. This season he’s been less effective but still does his job as an agitator. And you’re not exactly an unbiased critic.

  4. sjsharks66 - Dec 7, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    What is Rinaldo’s purpose on the ice? He sucks at hockey and just fights. It is ok to have an enforcer but Rinaldo does not follow the code. Look at when Carter and Nystrom got knocked out. Both opposing fighters checked on them and made sure they were ok. Then look at the Rinaldo-Crombean fight. He has no respect for other players and has no reason to be taking a spot that a skilled player could fill.

    • c9castine - Dec 7, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      yeah, exactly. thats really all there is to it, right there in your post.

      its ridiculous flyers coaches and management wouldn’t see it the same way and like i said its reasons like that they are 13-14 right now.

    • flyerspsu - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      he doesnt fight that much, he only has 2 fights this year, he openly said he doesnt want to fight that much anymore, last year was the same way

      as for the question of what he does, he is a 4th line grinder who also is on the PK, he is a great forechecker that devastates players with great, hard, legal checks that cause countless turnovers, the fact that he fights is a slight bonus and brings energy, if he was better at it fighting it would be a bigger bonus but hey he brings some energy and is a lot more disciplined now, in this incident he clearly wasnt

      i dont know if you have noticed but there are several grinders in the league that dont have much skill but play on their team’s 4th line b/c of their physical and gritty style of play

  5. steelers88 - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    Zac Rinaldo reminds of how Matt Cooke was before he changed out of control. Though I do think Rinaldo is a bit more dirty than Matt Cooke ever was. When I watch games he plays in truly fear for other players safety. In my opinion Rinaldo’s goonish play has gone on long enough. The NHL really needs to say enough is enough.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:12 PM

      How many careers has Rinaldo ended by his actions compared to scumbag Cooke?

  6. alicesrightfootesq - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    His face reminds me of a puggle.

    Anyways, I can’t understand why his teammates let him get away with this type of play. That was one of the most selfish penalties I’ve ever seen anyone take in a game. Imagine pulling that on the Coyotes or Blues and having to face Shane Doan or David Backes in the locker room. He wouldn’t last a second. As someone above said, this stuff is why the Flyers will always be losers.

  7. hazlydose - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Sad to say that this is only the second or third most disgusting hockey play today. Neal, Rinaldo, and Thornton are all going to get lengthy suspensions.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:19 PM

      Neal happens to be the biggest offender of the bunch. He has dished out numerous head shots and dirty hits, but it gets overlooked because he’s a goal scorer as opposed to Thornton and Rinaldo. The epitome of a piece of dirt bag trash is a player who has a history of concussions not thinking twice before trying to take someone’s head off ala James Neal. That was an absolutely bush league, classless intent to end a career.

    • flyerspsu - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      yeah neal really is, he has already been suspended twice and has a history of head shots, it really should be 3 suspended hits but his 3 second late, blindside, hit where he jumped a ft off the ice at couturiers head wasnt suspended b/c Neal claimed it was accidental and shanahan somehow believed him, thats probably the thing I hate most about Neal, he’ll throw those late, blindside head shots but then will never admit to doing anything wrong and won’t back any of them up,

  8. slysipops - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    RINALDO is a thug. guys like him and SCOOT and a couple of others need to be delt with for once and for all !

    • slysipops - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:24 PM

      oops….SCOTT !

  9. hockeygod2893 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Very stupid and cheap thing for Rinaldo to do. I feel like I have to defend him against some of these comments though. First off, Rinaldo is nowhere even close to as dirty as Cooke was. Secondly his role is to be an energy guy and an agitator. Everybody likes to think of Rinaldo as nothing but rotten but that’s not true. When Rinaldo is playing smart, he can change momentum with big hits, draw penalties by agitating the other team, and under Berube he has been getting PK time. He also stands up for teammates. Before the Crombeen fight, Crombeen was harassing Giroux. He kept hooking and shoving Giroux which Giroux wanted none of. Rinaldo decided enough was enough and taught Crombeen a lesson. Anyway I hope he’s suspended as he should be. The league needs to teach Rinaldo and everybody else that players can’t get away with this kind of behavior.

  10. hawksin5 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    this is kind of terrible, but I really wish Rinaldo would have connected on that punch. I’m sick of Roussell’s antics.

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Dec 8, 2013 at 1:36 AM

      Yeah me too. People try to pretend that Roussels some respectable player. He would of deserved every bit of that hit for his previous antics just in the hawks games alone I’ve seen this year let alone all the other games. He was started that fight and pretended like he was gonna drop his gloves but instead drew Rinaldo into a penalty and turtles like a girl. Him and garbutt have been askin for it lately

      • joey4id - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        Yeah! That’s it! Give Roussel the “Thornton special”. That will teach him how to conduct himself on the ice.

  11. flyerspsu - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    geez i know rinaldo is kind of a douche and if he wasnt on the Flyers I would prob hate him too but this is his 1st truly dirty play in like 2-3 years all you people are asking for him to be kicked out of the league? the guy is not that bad anymore, i really dont know why he did this tho

  12. sizzle299 - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Berube loves it. So does Homer. Zac’s stock has never been higher. I would like to see all three go honestly.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      Berube and Homer do not love immediately having to kill off a 7-minute PP… no coach or GM would support this type of action, even a coach who’s in the top-10 all-time in penalty minutes. It was a stupid and dangerous play, but Rinaldo also does a good job killing penalties, provides energy, and can hit better than almost anyone. He also has the ability to draw penalties, he just needs to clean up his act. If players like Carcillo and Cooke can last in the league then there’s a place for Rinaldo.

  13. joey4id - Dec 8, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    All is good in the NHL. This is called “policing the game”. Well! At least an attempt to regulate the game by a goon, Is that right, Mr. Burke?

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