Rinaldo Tags Crombeen, Lecavalier Seeks Retribution on Talbot
Early on in the game B.J. Crombeen and Zac Rinaldo bumped after a whistle and opted to drop the gloves. They exchanged right hands in a spirited tilt until Rinaldo cracked Crombeen with a punch that crumpled him, sending him towards the ice. Rinaldo added two more while Crombeen was down to a knee and the linesmen stepped in. Crombeen had a tough time getting up and to the box. He was sent to the back for observation and was kept out as a precaution.
The teams exchanged some words afterwards. Later on, a frustrated Vinny Lecavalier tussled with Max Talbot at center ice and the two dropped them. A relatively uneventful scrap took a turn once Talbot hit the ice and Lecavalier snuck in a pair of short punches, likely retaliation for Rinaldo's extra shots on Crombeen.
Rinaldo talked to referee Kelly Sutherland about the end of his fight with Crombeen after he left the penalty box. A mic'd up Rinaldo:
Was Rinaldo in violation? His comments certainly add another dimension to the conversation. Lecavalier also told reporters that he didn't see what happened between Rinaldo and Crombeen.
We also wouldn't be able to talk Flyers-Lightning without mentioning Tom Sestito and his pair of goals that ended up winning things for Philadelphia. They were Sestito's first tallies since December 2010 while with Columbus.
Tanner Glass and Matt Martin had a fun toe-to-toe scrap that unfortunately ended when Glass' jersey went up and over his head during Pens-Isles. Steve Begin and Jordin Tootoo caused Mickey Redmond to laugh with joy during Flames-Wings.
Kings-Jackets also spawned two bouts. Colin Fraser grappled with Derek Dorsett and Mike Richards went after Brandon Dubinsky after a big hit on Rob Scuderi. It was the fifth NHL fight between Richards and Dubinsky, former rivals out east. Richards also had a Gordie Howe hat trick.
Duncan Keith vs Andrew Desjardins Feb 5, 2013
Vincent Lecavalier vs Maxime Talbot Feb 5, 2013
Mike Richards vs Brandon Dubinsky Feb 5, 2013
B.J. Crombeen vs Zac Rinaldo Feb 5, 2013
Steve Begin vs Jordin Tootoo Feb 5, 2013
Tanner Glass vs Matt Martin Feb 5, 2013
Colin Fraser vs Derek Dorsett Feb 5, 2013
Ryane Clowe vs Matt Beleskey Feb 4, 2013
Jay Harrison vs Tom Sestito Feb 2, 2013
Kevin Westgarth vs Frazer McLaren Feb 4, 2013