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Couturier hit in head with puck; Lucic ejected

Posted on: December 17, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2011 5:28 pm
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By: Adam Gretz

The Boston Bruins completely dismantled the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon, cruising to a 6-0 win in a game that featured the type of physical play that is to be expected anytime these two teams are on the same ice surface.

It wasn't a physical hockey play, however, that resulted in the latest head injury for a Flyers player. With time ticking down in the opening period, and the Flyers already facing a four-goal deficit, rookie forward Sean Couturier was involved in a rather scary incident in front of the net when he was hit in the side of the head with a puck following a shot from his own teammate, defenseman Kimmo Timonen.

He left the game and did not return with what general manager Paul Holmgren described as "a head injury."



That's the type of month it's been for the Flyers, a team that's already lost forwards Claude Giroux and Brayden Schenn, as well as defenseman Chris Pronger, to concussions. It was announced this past week that Pronger is expected to be out for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs, while there is no immediate timetable for Giroux or Schenn to return.

Of course, that wasn't the only noteworthy development during Saturday's game.

Late in the second period Bruins forward Milan Lucic was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for hitting Zac Rinaldo from behind, setting off one of the game's three fights.



Given that there was an ejection it's sure to get at least another look from the NHL's disciplinary czar, Brendan Shanahan, even if nothing comes of it. Over the past week we've seen Toronto's Dion Phaneuf and Winnipeg's Zach Bogosian be ejected for hits from behind with no supplemental discipline handed out by the league.

Saturday's game also marked the return of defenseman Zdeno Chara to the Boston lineup and he responded with a Gordie Howe Hat Trick, scoring a goal, recording an assist and fighting Philadelphia's Jody Shelley.

For the Bruins, it's their fourth in a row, a stretch that's seen them outscore their opponents 19-5, as they continue their dominant run that started over a month ago that's seen them post an 18-2-1 record since November 1.

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Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:36 pm
 

Couturier hit in head with puck; Lucic ejected

hey miamitom, i hope you get knocked the f out and see how you like it.
loser 



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 6:50 pm
 

Couturier hit in head with puck; Lucic ejected

Horton took a mean beatin' from Renaldo. I wish he could have had a shot a Lucic. Being that Lucic is twice his size Renaldo would give Lucic all he could handle. Renaldo said after the game he had no problem with the hit and that Lucic was just playing hard. I guess if you dish it out you have to take it. The Flyers will get a few more shots at the B's this year and hopefully be at full strength so we can have more of the 2-1 Win's Variety Vs the 6-0 Shellacking's.
Vis 20/40



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 6:24 pm
 

Couturier hit in head with puck; Lucic ejected

and that comment is more for the haters below you Tom, not you yourself...well, not as much anyways :P



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2011 6:23 pm
 

Couturier hit in head with puck; Lucic ejected

lucic was on the ice after the hit, he could have went after lucic but instead fought horton......thats fine, he doesnt have to fight lucic. he knew lucic would beat his azz
he was, but he was no where near Rinaldo when he turned around to see who hit him.  Lucic instantly skated away and Horton came in and stood over Rinaldo.  So naturally, Rinaldo thought it was Horton who hit him.

Think about it.  You get hit from behind and go down to the ice.  When you get up and turn around, your first thought that the guy standing over you is the guy that hit you.  Rinaldo technically could have been given an instigator penalty for trying to start a fight with the wrong guy.  So if that was Horton's intention, that's some pretty good coordination and planning for a situation.  Didn't work this time though.

As Tom Hanks said "Start using your head. That's the lump that's three feet above your ass."



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 2:00 pm
 

Couturier hit in head with puck; Lucic ejected

Boston just flat out man-handled the Flyers on Sat.  Good showing for the Bruins, that is why they held the cup above their heads last year.  Flyers had possibly their worst game of the season, bad timing for that. 



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2011 10:32 pm
 

Couturier hit in head with puck; Lucic ejected

It's starting to look like Lucic (and really, any member of the Bruins) is protected on high by certain elements of the NHL front office.
lol, what a joke.....yea its all fixed......you people that say this kill me, you are all just Bruins haters.
i actually want a Bruin to get suspend sometime so you all just stop your crying



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2011 10:16 pm
 

Couturier hit in head with puck; Lucic ejected

lucic was on the ice after the hit, he could have went after lucic but instead fought horton......thats fine, he doesnt have to fight lucic. he knew lucic would beat his azz



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2011 10:15 pm
 

Couturier hit in head with puck; Lucic ejected

It's starting to look like Lucic (and really, any member of the Bruins) is protected on high by certain elements of the NHL front office.  This is not his first recklessly dangerous hit- not even this season.  Even Bruins fans have to admit that this looks an awful lot like intent-to-injure. 

For the good of the League, he should be suspended for a nominal number of games.  Let's see what Colin Campbell Brendan Shanahan says this time...



Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2011 10:00 am
 

Couturier hit in head with puck; Lucic ejected

He couldn't fight Lucic... He had already been thrown out... Because he's a goon...



Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 1:46 am
 

Couturier hit in head with puck; Lucic ejected

Watching the game after Rinaldo beat Horton ( why didn't he go after Lucic , he was the one that hit him) probably didn't want to get his A$$ beat. Lol , and why didn't"t he accept Thornton"s offer to fight later in the game , just skated to the bench .


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