NEW YORK (April 2, 2012)—Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette and Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato have been fined $10,000 and $2,500, respectively, for their actions late in NHL Game #1185 at Pittsburgh, Sunday, April 1, the National Hockey League announced today.
What about the whole putting your goons out on the ice in the last 5 to purposefully send a message fine? Did they take that out this year.
I believe that this is enforced only in the playoffs since you're playing the same team 4 to 7 times in a row. I guess they do not deemed it "message sending" in regular season because usually teams have plenty of other games before the next meeting.
Gotta love that Bylsma is the one crying to the media that Flyers are targeting his "star" player after the whistle and he's the one putting his goon at the end to head hunt player.
What I still don't understand is why nobody went after Vitale. He slams Briere, every other Flyer makes a beeline for him, and then he slowly drifts backwards through the scrum, while all hell breaks loose. Then, awkwardly, he finds himself "squaring up" against Briere. Briere heads to the bench for a lie-down, and Vitale is the geek at the prom.