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What little unwritten rule of sportsmanship did Chris Kunitz break on Sunday that sparked an unruly battle between the benches between the Flyers and Penguins?
The Flyers did win the game, 4-1.
Well this took five minutes...Per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Rossi, the Penguins may or may not clear the coaching and managerial decks after yet another playoff failure:
Penguins ownership will consider a sweeping overhaul that could include terminating general manager Ray Shero in addition to Dan Bylsma and the members of the coaching staff, multiple sources told the Tribune-Review. Ownership specifically is concerned about a perceived lack of accountability for players, overall team toughness and unproductive drafts, the sources said.
The sources also said Penguins ownership might not want to undergo a complete front-office shakeup with only about a month before the NHL Entry Draft.
No decisions have been made, and they will not be rushed, the sources said.
In my opinion, I would have given Chris Kunitz. Not so sure if this qualifies as a distinct kicking motion.
Scroll to the :15 second mark to watch the play start.
Do you think the refs would have called the kneeing penalty on Brad Marchand if Chris Kunitz would not have retaliated with the slash?
Both did receive penalties and rightfully so.
Chris Kunitz with the power play goal in overtime.
Chris Kunitz has a flashback to his Anaheim days, gets involved with Hartnell, just to play the agitator role.
Also from the same game, Hartnell high sticks his own player, Zac Rinaldo. You can watch the incident below…
NEW YORK (January 21, 2012)—Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban has been fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for a dangerous trip on Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz in NHL Game No. 695 in Pittsburgh on Friday, Jan. 20, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
If you missed the play, you can view it here.
No call on the play.
added 10:23pm, another video with a different angle added below…
via Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Chris Kunitz said last week he wanted to retire as a Penguin, and he may get that chance.
He has signed a two-year contract extension that will extend through the 2012-13 season.
His cap hit will be $3.725 million, matching the average annual salary from his current contract.
Does he get any more punishment for this elbow on Chris Kunitz?
All I know, Smyth almost cost his team at least a point. The Oilers had tied the game midway in the third penalty, then Smyth takes this major which put the Penguins on the PP for the rest of the 3rd and about 30 seconds into OT.
The Oilers hung-on and won the game in the shootout.
Both in the same game, Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh. Both hits—per Bob McKenzie—will be receiving hearings with the NHL on Tuesday.
First, Chris Kunitz:
Second, Steve Downie:
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Alex Ovechkin was hoping for more, but Pittsburgh Penguins wing Chris Kunitz will not be suspended by the NHL for his late-game hit to the neck area of Capitals goalie Simeon Varlamov seconds before Sidney Crosby scored his third goal of Game 2 with 30.4 seconds left in the third period.
League officials confirmed that the tape has been reviewed.
Tuesday morning Ovechkin called the play “dirty” and said, “I think the League has to do something about it. It’s a cheap shot and it’s not good for hockey.”
Chris Kunitz of the Pittsburgh Penguins with a stick to the throat of Capitals goaltender Simeon Varlamov last night…
from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,
But the play seemed to justify the Flyers’ belief that at times there is a different level of justice for them compared to their opponents. Daniel Carcillo’s hit to the back of Max Talbot’s head in Game 1 deserved the one-game suspension, but the Kunitz hit looked like a direct attempt to injure another player - and Kunitz was left undisciplined.
The league has talked about eliminating headshots from the game, and Kunitz went very high on Timonen.
Flyers coach John Stevens said he had no doubt of the intent….
“The angle I saw, there were three guys all together and it was a hard, hard hit, and my only concern is if there was a hit to the head there.
“It didn’t look like he left his feet and I didn’t hear from anybody else that there was an elbow or anything, but it was a hard, hard hit.”
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
At the time, Chris Kunitz’s flying hit on Kimmo Timonen early in the game looked like it had the potential to be a controversial part of the day’s proceedings. But by the end of the afternoon, no one seemed all that interested in making a big deal of it.
Kunitz flew into Timonen just behind the Flyers’ net in the first six minutes of the game, and the initial look suggested he had either hit or grazed Timonen’s head with his forearm or elbow….
“Man, it’s a hard hit,” Philadelphia coach John Stevens said. It was kind of an odd game. This Kunitz, he plays hard. Originally, I thought he left his feet. Now, I’m not sure if he left his feet or he just went in the air when he went through the hit.”
The Pittsburgh Penguins have cleared up a bit of their log jam along the blue line as they have sent Ryan Whitney to the Anaheim Ducks for Chris Kunitz and Eric Tangradi.
added 2:45pm, More on the trade from a Pens point of view from Empty Netters.