Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/25/14 at 03:53 PM ET
from Brett Crygolis of the New York Post,
On Friday morning at Wells Fargo Center, with Game 4 just hours away and the Rangers leading this best-of-seven contest, 2-1, the home squad went about describing how surprised they are that the tenor of the series has not been much more physical, and how surprised they were at the number of penalties that have been called.
“It’s crazy,” said Philadelphia instigator Zac Rinaldo, referring to the two teams combining for 34 penalties, 70 penalty minutes, and 39:18 of man-advantage time resulting in six power-play goals. “To me, that’s not playoff hockey, but it is what it is.”
Rinaldo led the Flyers this regular season with 153 penalty minutes, yet has taken only one penalty — a slash late in the third period of Game 1 when the Rangers were already leading, 4-1. He has averaged just 6:22 of ice time, and when asked if he thought this rivalry matchup has been as physical as he expected, he balked.
“No, not even close,” he said. “It’s a weird series.”
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