C’mon, Peter! You know what was up.
After yesterday’s Flyers-Penguins game, Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette was upset with Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma for the players he chose to put on the ice with just over a minute to go in the Flyers 6-4 victory.
Seriously, Peter? You should know exactly why the Penguins had “those guys” on the ice looking to start something at that point in the game and it was anything but “gutless.” You had Brayden Schenn on the ice and, just minutes before, he’d pulled this
after-the-whistle, cross-check on Sidney Crosby.
I can’t blame the Penguins for wanting to let Schenn and the Flyers know not to push one of their players around. In fact, it’s the type of thing I’d like to see the Washington Capitals do more of. I’m not looking for them to goon-it-up, but I am looking for them to stick up for their teammates when they are the victims of dirty hits like the elbow Rene Bourque gave Nicklas Backstrom earlier this year, putting him out for months with a concussion, or the one by Mark Stuart on Marcus Johansson just a few weeks ago, which my brother blogged about, wondering why the Caps had not responded:
The Caps were rightfully upset with Mark Stuart for his high and late hit on Marcus Johansson in the 1st period. Unfortunately, we only came to find out after the game that the Caps were upset, since there was absolutely no visible response from the Caps during the game. Is this team aware that you don’t have to wait for a player to be traded to Montreal in order to respond to a dirty play on a teammate? The Caps and Jets meet again next Friday and there may be a response then, but why didn’t that happen last night? That’s the kind of hit where I’m okay with a Caps player immediately charging at Stuart and risk giving the Jets a five minute PP.
I’m not a fan of all-out-goonery in hockey, but I was glad to see the Penguins go for a little in-game retribution for what Schenn did to Crosby. Laviolette must not have been watching the same game I was, but I hope the Caps were.
- Flyers let Pens know they won’t be playoff pushover (nbcsports.msnbc.com)
- Flyers coach Laviolette calls Penguins counterpart “gutless” (prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com)
- Late brawl highlights Flyers win over Pens (sports.espn.go.com)
Posted on April 2, 2012, in NHL, Washington Capitals and tagged Brayden Schenn, Dan Bylsma, Flyers, hockey, NHL, Pens, Peter Laviolette, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby, Washington Capitals. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.