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Insider Only NHL, refs must protect players who make clean hits

Philadelphia_ Chris Kunitz delivered a bone-crunching hit (click here to view) on Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen in the first period of Sunday’s game. The hit was shoulder to chest as Kunitz caught Timonen coming around the net with his head down.
After Kunitz delivered the hit, Flyers defenseman Ryan Parent gave him two cross-checks to the back which should have drawn a minor penalty and as Kunitz skated down the ice, Scott Hartnell gave him a few whacks with his stick until the two players came to blows and were assessed 5 minute fighting majors. There was not a extra penalty assessed to Hartnell and Parent did not receive a penalty.
Physical play is what makes the NHL a great game but players should not be worried about making a clean hit and being mobbed by the opposition. The refs need to read the situation and make the right call.
Role Players step up for Flyers
The Penguins third and fourth lines were outplayed by the Flyers third and fourth lines in game 3.

 The Flyers fourth line was a major weakness in the first two games.
Today it was a different story as Jared Ross, scored his first career goal won 83% of face-offs and Darroll Powe, 1 assist, had a strong game.
Penguins center Jordan Staal was a -3 and the Flyers third line of Daniel Briere and Claude Giroux stepped up in a big way. Giroux and Briere had two points apiece

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William DePaoli

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William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com

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