Originally written on Goon's World  |  Last updated 11/14/14

This is straight out of the rock em sock em hockey collection.

In case you missed it, the playoffs are just around the corner and I think that a potential series between the Flyers and the Penguins could very exciting, but also very explosive and nasty playoff series.

The two coaches were fined for the behavior during yesterday's game.

The hit by Joe Vitale on Daniel Briere was a legal hit in my opinion, from my vantage point, it doesn't appear that Vitale targets Briere's head.
PITTSBURGH --Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette called out Pittsburgh counterpart Dan Bylsma for sending out his checking line shortly after Voracek's empty-net goal pushed the lead to 6-3.

Penguins forward Joe Vitale levelled Daniel Briere shortly after the ensuing faceoff, starting a chain of events that included Laviolette smashing a stick over the glass and all 10 players on the ice going at it.

"Those guys hadn't been out there in 12 minutes," Laviolette said. "It's a gutless move by their coach. It's gutless."

Bylsma didn't quite see it that way, claiming Vitale's shot on Briere was clean, unlike the crosscheck Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby received from Brayden Schenn shortly after Steve Sullivan's second goal of the game pulled the Penguins within 5-3 late in the third period.

"It's clearly a cheap shot," Bylsma said. "It's clearly a guy targeting a player that was well after the whistle."
I an not a fan of either team, but Penguins coach  Dan Bylsma can put whoever he wants to out there on the ice, it's called sending a message, "see you next game." The Flyers and the Penguins play again on Saturday at Consol Energy Center.
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