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Video- Zac Rinaldo Hit On Nikolai Prokhorkin

via Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

McLellan, on whether he saw the Zac Rinaldo hit:
Well, of course I did. You guys all looked at it too. I’m always asked this question after. What usually happens is one coach says, ‘I haven’t looked at it yet,’ and the other coach says, ‘you know what, I think the player was in a vulnerable position, I think that the head was targeted, I think that the weight went up and I think the feet came off the ice,’ so figure out which coach was which. [Reporter: What about the heart from Kyle Clifford standing up for Pro and the moments that followed?] It’s a team move and that’s what Cliffy does for his teammates. [Reporter: Did they get tossed because it happened during a TV timeout?] Yeah.

Watch the hit below. and then the fight...

Rinaldo and Kyle Clifford fought shortly after (2nd video- fight first, then then the hit), both received 5 for fighting and a game misconduct.

 

 

Clifford/Rinaldo.

 

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via Jack Harris of the LA Times,

The controversial tipping point came late in the second period, when Kings forward Nikolai Prokhorkin took a high hit from Flames forward Zac Rinaldo. Prokhorkin was left lying on the ice for a few moments before being helped back to the dressing room. He returned for the third period; teammate Kyle Clifford, however, did not.

As the game went into a television timeout with trainers tending to Prokhorkin, Clifford made his way toward Calgary’s bench. The 6-foot-2, 211-pound veteran, who was playing through an illness that kept him out of Friday’s loss in Edmonton, didn’t actually see Rinaldo’s hit in real time.

But “knowing that guy’s history,” Clifford said of Rinaldo, a fourth-liner with similar past incidents on his ledger, “he’s got a reputation for it.”

Clifford and Rinaldo stared each other down, shared a few words, then dropped the gloves. A linesman immediately got between them, breaking up the scrap before any punches were landed. Still, both players were ejected for fighting during an official timeout.

“I’ve never seen that in a timeout before; not in a long time,” Flames interim coach Geoff Ward said. “I was watching the girls trying to shovel the ice. They were terrified as these guys were getting ready to drop the gloves.

“According to Rino, Clifford asked him to go. He said, ‘Well, we can’t fight in a timeout,’ and [Clifford] goes, ‘Well, we’re going to fight anyway.’ So Rino went, ‘OK.’”

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/08/19 at 05:16 AM ET

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via James Franklin tweets (both players have the same agent),

Story time with Zac Rinaldo: The television time out scrap… “I know Cliffy. Cliffy’s a great guy. I know him but i knew I had to be accountable for that hit. I had no problem doing it. I didn’t think we were going to fight during the TV timeout. Because he asked me to go…

Rinaldo continued… 
I said ‘Cliffy they’re shovelling the ice we can’t go right now!’ He said ‘No we have to go, we have to go.’ I’m like ‘I don’t think we can go right now. It’s a TV timeout’ He said ‘No we’re going’ I’m like…

Rinaldo story conclusion…
‘F$%^ it let’s go. Alright, if you’re not going to get away from me then we’re gonna to have to do what we have to do.’ Yeah, that’s what happened”

 

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/08/19 at 05:29 AM ET

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Is this guy still in the league?

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 12/09/19 at 09:45 AM ET

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