Ah, the enigma known as Jody Shelley, feeling the pressure of Tom Sestito as the new team enforcer along with a fat contract that if jettisoned would get the Flyers below the cap. So he makes a bonehead move by crunching the Leafs player from behind into the boards, earning himself a major and a game misconduct, probably a suspension. Then Shelley gets opened up a la Chuck "The Bayonne Bleeder" Wepner by Rosehill but manages to eke out a win with a couple of heavy belts to Rosehill's mug. Today I suspect that Paul Holmgren is sitting there trying to figure out what to do with Jody Shelley.
Cheap hit.......Thats a suspension!!!! Plain and simple ....Now the fight....Rosehill did what he needed to do and stood in there but IMO Shelley is just a tougher dude and when they are going toe to toe you can see that he's better stronger and more comfortable doing it
Very slight edge to Shelly who was on the attack the entire fight. Players used to scoot in and move the puck on the fly or at least draw up their shoulders to protect themselves. Now they are going to drift in and put their faces to the boards and look as unprotected as possible to try and draw a penalty. It looks like Boyce was daring someone. A few hits like this early in the season and the ensuing headache will be useful in reminding the shirkers that this is still a contact sport and not tiddleywinks.