Saturday, July 4, 2015

Hartnell not suspended; Giroux on Richards' line

Some interesting developments in Flyersland Friday:

Hartnell not suspended; Giroux on Richards' line

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   Some interesting developments in Flyersland Friday:

   1. Scott Hartnell was not suspended by NHL czar Colin Campbell after a hearing that was held via a conference call.

   Pittsburgh's Kris Letang had accused Hartnell of biting him when they were in a scrum late in Thursday's game. But an NHL source said the video was inconclusive and that the referees _ who were trying to break up several near-fightsat the time  _ could not substantiate Letang's claim.   

   2. At Friday's practice in Voorhees, Claude Giroux, who had been centering the third line, was moved to right wing on a line with Mike Richards and Simon Gagne. Mika Pyorala, who had been at RW on Richards' line, centerd the third line with Darroll Powe and Arron Asham.

    Coach John Stevens may go with that setup Saturday against visiting Anaheim.

 3. James van Riemsdyk again did not practice, and Stevens made it sound like he won't play until next Friday in Florida. The Flyers are reluctant to call it a concussion, but JVR has not been feeling himself since his head hit the boards Tuesday against Washington.

     Before he was exonerated, Hartnell strongly denied biting Letang.

    Mike Tyson, Conrad Dobler and Tree Rollins are some of the athletes who are infamous for biting incidents.

   Hartnell said he should not join the list.

    “Anybody who knows me personally knows I’m definitely not a savage," he said after Friday's practice. "I just play the game hard.”

   After the Flyers' 5-4 loss to arch-rival Pittsburgh Thursday, Letang accused Hartnell of biting his right ring finger when a scrum broke out in the corner with 1.2 seconds left.

   Letang displayed a bloody finger in the locker room.

    Last January, the league suspended Ottawa's Jarkko Ruutu for two games without pay for biting Buffalo's Andrew Peters' gloved hand. 

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   In Thursday's loss, the Flyers committed turnovers that led to two goals, and a Braydon Coburn clearing pass deflected off Ray Emery's left skate and into the net.

   Jeff Carter (four points) and Danny Briere each had two goals for the Flyhers, who outshot the Pens, 34-25, but got shaky goaltending from Emery. The goalie has a 1.00 GAA on the road and his GAA is near 5.00 at home.

     Notes. Sidney Crosby won 21 of 24 faceoffs....The Penguins won 55 percent of the faceoffs.....The Flyers had a 6:08 advantage in power-play time....Chris Pronger will face his ex-Anaheim teammates Saturday night. The Ducks' lineup includes Cherry Hill's Bobby Ryan and former Flyers Joffrey Lupul, Luca Sbisa and Steve Eminger. .

Inquirer Staff Writer
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