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Flyers Upset With Vlasic Hit On Briere

from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

Marc-Edouard Vlasic is not the heir to the Vlasic pickle throne.

Yet, Vlasic nearly canned Flyers forward Danny Briere - to be put on the shelf - with a dirty hit that required Briere to be helped off the ice by a trainer with 4:52 left in the third period on Tuesday night at the Shark Tank.

The lack of a penalty call on the hit, in the waning moments, likely played a role in the outcome. In fact, there were just 6 total penalty minutes doled out by referees Marc Joannette and Mike Leggo, the lowest combined amount of any Flyers game this season.

Today, it’s hard to see how Vlasic will avoid hearing from Brendan Shanahan for supplementary discipline. As is league policy, the hit will be reviewed today by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

continued and watch the hit below…

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phillyd's avatar

No different then other pushes we’ve seen called 5 and boarding and/or suspensions. The refereeing, on both sides, last night was a complete joke. Guys were taking runs at each other. Rinaldo had a hit in the 2nd, I think, that should’ve been called a head shot (and will probably be reviewed) and of course the one above are the two that come to mind right off the bat.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 02/29/12 at 03:09 PM ET


I think the awkward position that Briere was in made that hit look worse than it was.  That’s probably a 2 minute penalty and just one of many that was missed in the game, but I don’t think it’s worthy of a suspension.  Surprised no one brought up the blatant kneeing that was missed in the 3rd by one of the Flyers (couldn’t see who it was).

Posted by RoneFace on 02/29/12 at 06:28 PM ET


I would like to say that I was so disgusted with the refereeing last night in all 3 of the games I watched (1 full game and 2 partials) that I turned this one off before the end of the second.  That said, I am not at all suprised that there was no call on this, simply because the reffing standard was so poor last night (and, of course, wildly inconsistent).  However, missing the call on this is inexcusable.  It was clearly a dirt play and nearly identical plays have resulted in penalties, misconducts and suspensions this year.  This did not happen away from the play, either.  What could the refs have possibly been thinking?  I am further disappointed that Mr. Shanahan hasn’t even scheduled a hearing for this.  The NHL is a Mickey Mouse Operation and this lack of accountability amongst the on-ice officials is the root of the problem.  If NHL players and devoted fans like myself are unsure as to what will warrant a penalty on any given night or even any period within a game, how can the league expect the casual fan to understand?  And, without understanding, the casual fan will never be more than that, and has quite the incentive to turn away from the game entirely.

Posted by Anthony from Colorado on 02/29/12 at 07:06 PM ET

statelouis26's avatar

The Flyers have no room to talk when the topic is dirty hits.  They consistently have the players who commit the dirtiest plays in hockey.  However, the hit by Vlasic was a poor decision that merits suspension.  You can’t crosscheck/push a player in the back when he is facing the boards while being only a couple of feet away.

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 02/29/12 at 09:36 PM ET

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