Whats more disturbing here?
That the Islanders' Steve Staios got away with a blatant head shot against the Flyers Max Talbot on Thursday night (see post) or that there was no response whatsoever from the Flyers bench in subsequent shifts?
To make things even more insulting, Staois was seen on the bench grinning after the hit that left Talbot dazed. Again, no response from the Flyers.
The NHL reviews all shots to the head, so you know this is going to be viewed by the leagues new Lord of Discipline, Brendan Shanahan. Sources said no supplementary discipline with be administered to Staios.
Yet the fact the Flyers didnt answer the Staios hit is more alarming and that may be because coach Peter Laviolette didnt dress either of his two enforcers Jody Shelley or Zac Rinaldo.
Rinaldo is not a heavyweight like Shelley, but for all intents and purposes, hes been the Flyers main enforcer this season with 11 fights, by default. Thats only because hes in the lineup far more often than Shelley.
Laviolette was not available on Friday to explain whether he was disappointed in the lack of response from his own team or whether he needs to play Rinaldo every game, regardless.
Sergei Bobrovskys penalty shot save on the Isles Michael Grabner was the first such save of his career. He had been 0 for 3 on penalty shots. Bobrovsky has now been in the net for the last four Flyers penalty shots against which is odd in itself.
This was the first saved penalty shot by any Flyers goaltender since Martin Biron stopped Tampa Bays Ryan Malone on Dec. 2, 2008. Opponents had scored on five consecutive penalty shots since then.
That said, between 1998-2008, Flyer goalies stopped 14 of 15 penalty shots.
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