Did Dubinsky break an unwritten rule of fighting?


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.

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?

Ready to Roll: Oilers activate Schultz from IR, send down Reinhart

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The Edmonton Oilers activated defenseman Justin Schultz off injured reserve and assigned Griffin Reinhart to the minors.

Schultz has missed the last 14 games because of a back injury, but he’ll suit up in Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The 25-year-old has one assist and a minus-6 rating in nine games in ’15-16.

Here’s his interview with Oilers TV from earlier today:

Reinhart was acquired in an off-season trade with the New York Islanders this summer.

The former fourth overall pick has no points and a minus-1 rating in 12 games with the Oilers.

The Leafs will be without Reimer on Saturday

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James Reimer (lower body) won’t be available to play in Saturday’s game against Washington.

Reimer was injured during a team practice earlier this week and although the injury didn’t appear to be serious, it will prevent him from suiting up in at least one game.

The Leafs originally thought that the 27-year-old would be good to go for this tilt, but head coach Mike Babcock said Reimer didn’t feel good enough to play.

Reimer’s emerged as the go-to-guy for the Maple Leafs this season and for good reason.

He has 7-3-4 record with a 2.07 goals-against-average and a .934 save percentage in 15 games.

Another reason the Leafs have been counting on him so much is because Jonathan Bernier‘s been awful.

Bernier will get another opportunity to prove himself on Saturday night, but he faces a stiff test against Alex Ovechkin and company.

The 27-year-old has an 0-7-1 record with a 3.17 goals-against-average and a .895 save percentage in ’15-16.

In a corresponding move, the Leafs sent defenseman Scott Harrington to the minors and recalled goalie Garret Sparks.

Sparks was Toronto’s seventh round pick in 2011.

The 22-year-old has an 8-2-1 record with the Toronto Marlies this season.

War of words continues between Rangers and Bruins on Saturday


The Rangers are getting ready for their second straight matinee game on Saturday, but head coach Alain Vigneault wasn’t done addressing yesterday’s loss to the Bruins.

After Friday’s game, Bruins coach Claude Julien wasn’t pleased with Henrik Lundqvist‘s “acting” that led to a goalie interference penalty being called on forward Brad Marchand (above) and he let everyone know it in his postgame press conference.

On Saturday, it was Alain Vigneault’s turn to lash out.

“Well, (the Rangers public relations staff) filled me in a little bit on what was said after the game,” Vigneault said via the New York Daily News. “I mean it’s a little disappointing. Obviously everybody saw the knee to the head. The comments on Hank were very inappropriate. The way Hank conducts himself, on the ice, away from the rink, off the ice, the example that he sets. Who would you rather have as a son, Henrik Lundqvist or Brad Marchand? For him to say things like that about Hank, totally wrong, and probably Claude is getting a little older and needs to check his eyesight.”

The Rangers will take on the Flyers at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Dubinsky to have hearing for cross-check on Crosby


Brandon Dubinsky and the NHL’s Department of Player Safety will have a chat about his cross-check on Sidney Crosby.

The hearing is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, per beat reporter Aaron Portzline.

As you can see in the above video, Dubinsky delivers a two-handed cross-check to Crosby’s neck, so the fact that he’s getting a hearing is no surprise.

“There’s no secret. I try to play him as hard as I can,” said Dubinsky. “That being said, I don’t try and do anything dirty. I felt like my stick ride up his back a little bit. He’s kind of bent over there in front. But again, that’s not the type of player I am. I’m going to play hard, but try and play fair and play in between the whistle.”

Crosby isn’t willing to give Dubinsky the benefit of the doubt.

Anyone who follows the NHL knows that Dubinsky and Crosby aren’t fans of each other.

The two have engaged in some serious battles, including this fight last February: