Video: Zac Rinaldo booted for intent-to-injure match penalty (Update: Ruhwedel concussed)

110 Comments

Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo scored his second goal of the season against the Buffalo Sabres tonight, but he also encountered something he’s a lot more familiar with: penalty trouble.

Rinaldo collected three minor penalties through two periods before things escalated early in the third. With his team up 4-0, Rinaldo launched a head shot against Chad Ruhwedel as the Sabres defenseman was in a shooting motion.

You can see the incident below:

Rinaldo was given a intent-to-injure match penalty, so this hit will be reviewed by the NHL. With just four games left in the Flyers schedule, it is feasible that his potential suspension will last the remainder of the regular season.

Rinaldo has been both fined and suspended before. He’s also delivered some questionable hits in the past that didn’t result in him missing games.

Update: Ruhwedel has a concussion, per the Buffalo News’ Mike Harrington. That’s both terrible news for the 23-year-old rookie defenseman and something the NHL will take into consideration when determining additional discipline might be warranted.

Related:

Video: Rinaldo levels Lucic with big open-ice hit, draws penalty in ensuing scrum