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The Flyers Zac Rinaldo hit on T.J Galiardi of the Sharks.

Reports are the league has looked at the hit and no action will be taken.

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Matt Fry's avatar

Wouldn’t that be considered a blindside or head-shot hit by today’s standards?  May have been unintentional and Galiardi’s head should have been up but this looks suspiciously like many other suspension worthy hits the past year.

Posted by Matt Fry from Winnipeg on 02/29/12 at 07:47 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Identical to Brendan Smith’s hit in September. Smith got what? 2 preseason and 5 regular season games? This guy is a repeat offender and doesn’t get a damned thing?

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 02/29/12 at 07:56 PM ET


Rinaldo concussed Robert Bortuzzo from the Penguins on a late elbow to the head, the same day Shanahan was in Philadelphia to talk to the players about legal/illegal hits. Nothing happened to last year’s AHL penalty minute leader then, either.

Posted by NathanBC on 02/29/12 at 08:04 PM ET

phillyd's avatar

This was the hit I referred to in my comment on the Briere one. Again, par for the course in the game last night.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 02/29/12 at 08:14 PM ET

Matt Fry's avatar

Vlasic’s a repeat offender?

Posted by Matt Fry from Winnipeg on 02/29/12 at 09:02 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Does Galiardi deserve blame for admiring his shot?

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 02/29/12 at 09:17 PM ET


Rinaldo’s a bum that should be run out of the league, imo, but it looks to me he’s going out of his way to do the right thing and pick chest on this play.

don’t know what Gagliardi is doing taking a slapshot across his body when a guy’s got him lined up from the same direction his weight has to go. That can be suicidal no matter where the hitter gets him or how hard. Must not have seen him.

Posted by larry from pitt on 02/29/12 at 09:27 PM ET

statelouis26's avatar

I don’t see any problem with this hit.  It’s a good play and wasn’t late.  You can call it blindside but the fact is it didn’t involve the head.  That’s why the league sought no discipline.

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 02/29/12 at 09:28 PM ET


Seems eerily like the Richards on Booth hit.  Do the Flyers hand out a manual on how to take guys out?

Posted by Jerry on 02/29/12 at 09:29 PM ET


richards lined up booth from 40 feet then leapt into his skull about a second after the puck was gone. rinaldo’s skating a route, sees a guy in it and blasts him in the chest as he releases a slapshot, feet planted firmly.

The reason for rinaldo to make this hit is to get the Sharks paranoid about taking a shot from there. If they start looking over their shoulders it gives the goalie an extra second to get into position the next time someone’s streaking down the left. In a tight game, that extra second can be the difference between winning and losing.

Richards hit Booth in the skull because….uh…I guess he thought it would look cool. There’s no hockey reason to drop out of your lane, skate 40 feet west then jump into a star player’s jaw after he throws the puck into the corner in a non-division game you’re winning easily against a crap team. You don’t gain anything by wrecking a guy in that situation.

I don’t like Rinaldo the rat, but c’mon, That’s what Rinaldo’s supposed to do there and he did it as clean as he could, violating exactly zero rules that I know.

Posted by larry from pitt on 02/29/12 at 10:33 PM ET


rinaldo is deserving of a cooke style suspension (20 games).  Otherwise he is just a repeat offender who continues to repeat head shots.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 02/29/12 at 11:27 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Was it a dirty hit?  Yes.  Galiardi didn’t see him.  Rinaldo could have given him a good old hip check without cleaning his clock.  I also don’t like this type of play.  We’ve seen it happen so many times over the past few seasons (e.g. Matt Cooke on Marc Savard).  You don’t need to skate way out of position like that just to throw a cheap hit.  I think what Rinaldo did should be considered charging.

Was it suspension worthy?  No way.  Rinaldo’s shoulder was down, his skates were on the ice, and he delivered the blow to Galiari’s chest.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 03/01/12 at 12:08 PM ET


So this isn’t blind side on a prone player to the head?  Mr Campbell can remove his Shanahan mask now, he isn’t fooling anyone anymore.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 03/01/12 at 04:47 PM ET

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