Mark Friedman takes a dive, probably and Shayne Gostisbehere will have a Hearing because of it
Unless you are Chris Stumpo or Danny Diemer, I highly doubt you were watching the Flyers get beat up by the Pittsburgh Penguins last night. The Flyers lost 7-3 as they crawl closer to the end of a disastrous NHL season. At the end of the game, Shayne Gostisbehere hit Mark Friedman. Here’s the hit for reference:
The hit was late and not necessary. I don’t think anyone is arguing that. Honestly, the entire thing looked like an innocent play and Friedman just couldn’t keep his balance. But apparently during the same sequence, Tom Wilson slammed a guy’s head into the ice and pulled a guy by his hair to bring him down. But that wasn’t worthy of a hearing? Right. Wilson walked away with a $5K fine.
After checking in on The Liberty Yell’s Twitter feed, the only place for all of you Flyers content, I came across this video which could have been from last night’s game. Again, I have no idea because I’m not a freak and watching the Flyers play meaningless hockey in May (all due respect to Stumps and Danny).
I may be a “casual” Flyers fan but Crosby trying to slam TK’s head into the ice seams hearing-worthy. Scottie Upshall, former Flyer, called the Ghost hit a total dive. That’s kind of where I’m going with it too. Make myself and Upshall judges on this hearing and I’ll be sure Ghost walks away a free man.
Friedman looks like the kid from the Mighty Ducks that couldn’t stay on his feet. Go cry about it you dork. At the end of the day, it appears the NHL has a consistency problem in making the right calls. The Department of Player Safety seems about as reliable as the MLB’s Replay System.
If you’re a Flyers fan and reading this article that’s probably filled with inaccuracies, make sure you listen to The Liberty Yell because they certainly know what they’re talking about when it comes to Flyers hockey.