Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo was ejected from Sunday night’s game against the Buffalo Sabres and will likely face further discipline from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.
Rinaldo received a match penalty for an elbow to the head of Sabres defenseman Chad Ruhwedel in the third period. Buffalo scored on the ensuing power play to trim Philly’s lead to 4-1.
Rinaldo whistled for a match penalty with intent-to-injure headshot - which is automatically reviewed for suspension - on night w/ 3 minors.—
Frank Seravalli (@DNFlyers) April 07, 2014
Ruhwedel suffered a concussion from the hit, according to the Buffalo News.
Rinaldo was suspended in Feb. 2012 for a high hit and escaped a suspension in September after he was ejected for elbowing Washington Capitals forward Mikhail Grabovski during a preseason game.
There is little doubt that Rinaldo will receive a suspension for his hit on Ruhwedel. The real question is how many games will he be banned?
Check out the play in the video below and form your own opinion.
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