Did Dubinsky break an unwritten rule of fighting?

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I have to admit I was amused to see the New York Rangers’ Brandon
Dubinsky thoroughly beat down Mike Richards of the Flyers yesterday. It
was obviously an emotionally-fueled fight and it was painfully obvious
that Dubinsky won the fight. I also didn’t see anything out of the
ordinary with it.

Well, perhaps there was some extra stuff
involved and Travis Hughes of Broad Street Hockey isn’t happy about it.

But there’s a point in the fight where Richards goes to throw a punch
in return and never makes it. Instead, he falls to his knees and the
linesmen jump in to stop the proceedings. From this point, when Richards
is down and the fight is over, Dubinsky chooses to let his fists fly
toward the defenseless Richards.

Even if the Flyers captain wanted to return fire, ignoring
the fact that his jersey was over his head, he was unable to because he
was in the clutches of the officials. Yet there Dubinsky continued to
pound away. One, two, three.

You can see video of the hit, here. It’s true that Dubinsky did throw
a few more punches, even after Richards was down. But is that all that
out of the ordinary? I’ve seen fights end like that plenty of times,
especially when there are emotions involved. It’s not exactly normal for
it happen, but it happens. Except maybe not for Flyers players. They
live by the letter of the ‘law’, according to Travis:

This stuff doesn’t happen too often against the Flyers, but one thing
you’ll notice is that the Flyers are never, ever guilty of this crime.
Not any time recently, at least. In fact, I’d urge anybody to go through
the archives and find one fight this year where a Flyers player
continued to throw punches at an opponent while that opponent was down.

I searched the full archive of the Flyers two most prolific fighters,
Ian Laperriere and Carcillo, and one theme was
evident throughout. That theme: a healthy dose of respect.

If
there’s one thing the Flyers are known for, it’s showing respect for
their opponents, right?

It’s tough to really argue with him,
considering the multitude of video evidence he puts on the table. What
do you think? Did Dubinsky break a rule here?

Oshie’s hat trick lets Caps just barely squeak by Penguins in OT

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What a start.

This series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals might be headlined by Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, but as many have said in the lead-up to tonight’s opener, there is so much more to this second round matchup than that. Washington’s 4-3 overtime victory in Game 1 tonight could be offered up as Exhibit A.

This game had everything except big offensive showings from Crosby and Ovechkin. They had their moments, but in the end combined for just one assist.

What we got instead was a hat trick by T.J. Oshie that was completed with a game-winning goal that made it past the line by such a narrow margin that it warranted a video review:

This game also featured a sequence of three goals in 90 seconds and yet also some great saves by goaltenders Braden Holtby and Matt Murray. At the other end of the spectrum, there was a controversial hit by Tom Wilson that might lead to a suspension.

There was even some odd stuff. Like how Jay Beagle got a stick stuck in his equipment.

Twice:

If this game sets the tone for the rest of the series, then we should be in for a closely contested, highlight filled affair.

NOTES:

Nick Bonino had a goal and an assist for the Penguins. Evgeni Malkin and Ben Lovejoy accounted for the Penguins’ other markers.

— Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky scored the game’s opening goal. It was his first marker of the 2016 playoffs.

— Washington outshot Pittsburgh 15-9 in the first period, but Pittsburgh ended up with a 45-35 edge.

— This is the first time in the 2016 playoffs that Braden Holtby has allowed more than two goals. He surrendered just five goals in six games to Philadelphia.

— Matt Murray suffered his first career postseason loss after winning three straight contests against the New York Rangers.

Video: Wilson delivers late, knee-on-knee hit to Sheary

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Tom Wilson has already found himself in a controversy for delivering a late, knee-on-knee hit to Penguins forward Conor Sheary in the third period of Game 1 Thursday night.

You can see that incident below:

Wilson spent two minutes in the sin bin earlier in the contest for crosschecking Evgeni Malkin, but there was no penalty on this play.

Fortunately Conor Sheary was able to stay in the game. The question now is if Wilson’s actions will lead to him being suspended prior to Game 2.

This isn’t Wilson’s first brush with controversy. He delivered a big hit to Brayden Schenn in 2013, but Wilson wasn’t suspended for that incident. Lubomir Visnovsky’s final campaign was cut short due to a check by Wilson that angered the New York Islanders. More recently, Nikita Zadorov was concussed by a crushing blow from the Capitals forward.

In 231 career regular season games, Wilson has 50 points and 486 penalty minutes.

Related: Wilson says ‘I’ve never been a dirty hitter’ after teams voice complaints

Video: Penguins, Caps combine for three goals in 90 seconds

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For the first 30 minutes of Game 1 between Pittsburgh and Washington it looked like goaltenders Matt Murray and Braden Holtby might outshine these star-studded offenses. Then the floodgates opened up, if only for a moment.

Washington already had a 1-0 lead going into the second frame courtesy of Andre Burakovsky‘s first marker of the 2016 playoffs, but Ben Lovejoy and Evgeni Malkin scored back-to-back goals within the span of 57 seconds midway through the second period to tilt the scale in Pittsburgh’s favor. That lead didn’t last for long though as Capitals forward T.J. Oshie got a breakaway opportunity and took full advantage of it.

In total, there were three goals scored in the span of just 90 seconds and you can see all of them below:

After that sequence, the 2-2 tie held for the remainder of the frame. However, Oshie was able to reassert Washington’s edge just 3:23 minutes into the third period.

Video: Beagle gets stick stuck in visor

Beagle
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Through 40 minutes of action in Game 1 of the second round series between Pittsburgh and Washington and we’ve already seen some big moments, along with a pretty unusual one.

Beagle ended up with a stick lodged into his visor towards the end of the second frame. He tried to get it out himself, but ended up having to go to the bench for assistance. You can see that below: