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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
 
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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Comments

Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 11:59 pm
 

Couturier hit in head with puck; Lucic ejected

sit down horton



Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2011 9:48 pm
 

Couturier hit in head with puck; Lucic ejected

deserves to he taken out! He's a thug. I live in metro-Philadelphia area and I watch the games. He's a cheap shot artist who got a taste of him own medicine.



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2011 8:07 pm
 

Couturier hit in head with puck; Lucic ejected

I had no problem with a penalty being called on that play. However, I don't think he should have been suspended.
Steel_City_Fan - that's a direct quote from you on James Harrison's hit on Colt McCoy. Just out of curiosity, how many hundreds of thousands of dollars has Harrisson's cheap play cost him? You want to talk about ANOTHER cheap shot from Lucic? Let me ask you this one, you probably watch hundreds of hockey games a week, as you are obviously up on how many cheap shots Lucic deals out so you must obviously watch all the Bruin's games, when's the last time you've seen him deal one?

Being a Penguins fan you must watch all the Bruins games, so how many times have you seen Lucic cheap shots?

Oh wait, you probably don't get to see a lot of B's games, do you? You're probably just running your mouth about something of which you really have no clue. You don't like the Bruins, Lucic plays a physical game, so he must obviously be cheap.

Never mind, you're just one of those.



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 7:56 pm
 

Couturier hit in head with puck; Lucic ejected

big surprise another whining cry baby steelers fan



Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 5:59 pm
 

Couturier hit in head with puck; Lucic ejected

Lucic with ANOTHER cheap shot. How shocking. He needs to be suspended a couple of games at least Shanny.



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