Peter Laviolette Goes Ballistic On Penguins Bench; Hartnell Taunts Hulk Hogan Wannabe

Peter Laviolette Goes Ballistic On Penguins Bench; Hartnell Taunts Hulk Hogan Wannabe

Pittsburgh. They're so easy to hate.

After storming back from another slow start to lay a whooping on the Pens, both sides got unruly with just over a minute to play. Down three goals, Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma put his fourth line out on the ice and Joe Vitale absolutely wrecked Danny Briere on what looked like a pretty clean check. The Flyers were not happy about it, as the game was well out of hand and the Penguins were clearly sending a message for the next meeting and likely playoff battle by skating their 4th liners. It wasn't the first instance of Vitale going hunting, even if cleanly. Earlier in the game, his knee-on-knee hit took out Nick Grossmann. A number of scrums broke out on the ice but the most exciting action was going down on the benches.

[PHOTO GALLERY: click here for a photo gallery of the brawl and Hartnell doing the Hulk Hogan taunt]

Lavvy climbed up on the boards and was letting Byslma have it like you rarely see from coaches. It was an amazing sight and just the latest reason to love the Flyers coach.
much more on the game here...

Here's Scott Hartnell taunting the Hulk Hogan wannabe:

And video of more than 7 minutes of the brawl, including Lavvy going OFF:

T.J. McConnell (wrist) in a splint, doubtful to play for Sixers Wednesday

T.J. McConnell (wrist) in a splint, doubtful to play for Sixers Wednesday

Sixers point guard T.J. McConnell is doubtful for Wednesday's home game against the Raptors with a right wrist sprain.

McConnell was in a splint at practice Tuesday and said he would try to play but would leave it up to the medical staff.

McConnell is averaging 4.8 points and 5.4 assists in 38 games. The Sixers went 5-2 in the last seven games he started before his injury, and won 113-104 in Milwaukee without him. Sergio Rodriguez started at PG in McConnell's place and had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Chasson Randle backed up the point and had 10 points and a pair of threes.

Joel Embiid did not practice Tuesday (rest) and is listed as probable for Wednesday night when the Sixers (13-26) host the Raptors (27-13).

“Joel Embiid ... was a little bit, had the flu,” Brett Brown said.

Jahlil Okafor (probable) did not participate in practice and received treatment. Brown said Okafor had soreness. Gerald Henderson is also probable and had an individualized workout Tuesday.

Wayne Simmonds gets engaged during Flyers' bye week

Wayne Simmonds gets engaged during Flyers' bye week

So far, 2017 has been a pretty big year for Wayne Simmonds.
 
In addition to being named to his first All-Star team this year, Simmonds clearly had big plans on how to spend his bye week away from hockey, before returning to play the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. He popped the question to his girlfriend, Crystal Corey, and she said yes.
 
Simmonds announced the engagement on his Instagram.

11,700 feet and she said YES! I Love you @cryscorey 💛#SimmondsandSimmonds

A photo posted by Wayne Simmonds (@wayne17simmonds) on

It could be good news for the Flyers, too. Simmonds is the second Flyer to get engaged this season after Claude Giroux popped the question in December after winning three in a row. The Flyers made the winning streak an even 10 after. Congratulations, Wayne!