The aftermath of the fight between the Flyers and the Penguins is almost worse than the actual fight. There has been constant talk from both sides since Sunday, and even some people not involved with the organizations. Let’s review and then we’ll get to the new stuff from today.
- First there was the fight on Sunday, and if you haven’t seen it a million times already, you can watch it here.
- After the game Flyers coach Peter Laviolette called Dan Bylsma “gutless” for putting in his fourth line.
- Crosby stood behind his coach after the game:
“I’m sure [Laviolette] doesn’t like to see one of their top players getting hit,” he said. “Maybe he shouldn’t have put him out there.”
- Joe Vitale (who’s hit on Daniel Briere which was what started the mess to begin with) was pretty unapologetic when he spoke with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, saying:
” I saw a white jersey coming up the ice. I took the body on him. I didn’t know if it was Briere or whoever.”
- Daniel Briere (who is now out indefinitely with an upper-back contusion) isn’t buying that the 4th line wasn’t out there to hurt people.
“But obviously, you knew what he was doing. He was obviously trying to hurt me. We all know that.”
- Then to add to all this NBC NHL Analyst Mike Milbury went on a Philly radio station and talked about how Bylsma should “taken off his skirt” and got up there and yelled with Laviolette. And further insulted Sidney Crosby with his “35th concussion”. You can listen to the whole interview here, but I think the hosts laughing uncontrollably is the most annoying thing. For a great take on this check out Dejan Kovacevic blog at the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.
“So you know, Crosby gets cross-checked, big whoop. He said after he came back from his 35th concussion, ‘I’m not going to do this anymore, I’m not going to get into this scrums, I’m going to stay away from that stuff.’ He couldn’t help himself because there’s a little punk in Crosby. He’s not the perfect gentleman. He’s not the sweet kid you see in interviews with his hat pulled down over his eyes. I’d say screw him, hit him,”
- Yesterday Crosby and GM Ray Shero both addressed the matter (for more comments and the full story click here):
“If it was an attempt at comedy, it falls real short,” Shero told ESPN.com. “It’s fine to have an opinion on players but when you’re making light of concussions, that’s not right. I’ve gone through this with my own kid [who had a concussion], obviously we’ve gone through it as a team with Sidney Crosby and saw what it took for him to battle back from it over the past year; there’s nothing funny about post-concussion syndrome.
“I don’t think it would have been very funny had he made fun of [concussed Flyers captain]Chris Pronger in that light. There’s nothing funny about [former Flyers captain] Keith Primeau having to retire from it.”
- Milbury then apologized….or tried….or was forced to:
“I reached out to David Morehouse and the Penguins about the comments I made (Tuesday) on Philadelphia radio. In hindsight, I realize what I said was inappropriate and wrong, and I want to apologize the Penguins organization and their fans.”
Ok and that brings us to the comments made by the Flyers assistant coach Craig Berube. You can see the full interview here.
“Crosby and Malkin are the two dirtiest players on their hockey team. They slash, they punch guys in the face, they do all these little things, I got no problem with what Schenn does. And if someone runs them over, that’s great, they should run them over.”
There is always going to be a spotlight on the best players and they are going to be way over analyzed. But I feel like this whole thing is spinning out of control. It could be a long series if we see the Flyers in the first round.
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