Saturday, April 26, 2008

Richards's beer shower

Mike Richards had beer dumped on him when he was in the penalty box in the final moments of the third period. I still haven't seen an occurrence of that happening since I've been covering the team. Flyers fans may be intimidating, but respectfully, they don't cross the line.

I had a few emails about the Mike Richards penalty the other night, so I wanted to get this up here. It looks like its very close to a knee-on-knee collision, which as we all know is incredibly dangerous.

It's a tough one to call because he does get his shoulder into him.

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At 2:38 p.m., April 26, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

He tripped his legs while making a shoulder check. Tough play, but it's pretty simple: the play with his shoulder is legal, but the play with his other limbs is not. It's not intentional, but it's just what happened.

As for the beer shower, well, I'm pretty sure that fan didn't get to see how the game ended.

At 3:01 p.m., April 26, 2008, Anonymous mc keeper said...

Mr. Boruk conveniently forgets the fan who fell into the penalty box while jawing with Tie Domi a few years back. I guess that dosen't "cross the line" by Philadelphia Flyer standards.

At 4:09 p.m., April 26, 2008, Anonymous dvc said...

I buy saskhab's analysis, though players like Stevens and Kasparaitis routinely went for the knee often well after the puck had been passed, when they weren't going for the head that is, and were rarely called for anything.

As for the Domi incident, that was actually precipitated by Domi squirting liquid into the stands and one portly fan's rather comical attempt to take the water bottle away from him. That fan actually ended up suing the Flyers' parent company, Domi and for some reason, the linesman. But yes, Philly fans have been guilty of similar transgressions. Lindy Ruff getting showered at the end of a series the Sabres lost to the Flyers a few years ago stands out. Still this kind of stuff happens everywhere. I've seen far worse fan behavior in Boston and Pittsburgh than I've ever seen in Philly.

At 4:47 p.m., April 26, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, I ain't dumping my $10 beer on anyone.
it's a completely different fan base in Montreal now compared to the glory days.
Younger and more hostile.

At 4:57 p.m., April 26, 2008, Anonymous Steve said...

According to Evgeni Malkin (of all people), Philadelphians usually throw food at him when he's on the bench.

At 5:49 p.m., April 26, 2008, Anonymous LeaferSutherland said...

"Mr. Boruk conveniently forgets the fan who fell into the penalty box while jawing with Tie Domi a few years back. I guess that dosen't "cross the line" by Philadelphia Flyer standards"

I believe that fan was given free tickets after that.

At 6:18 p.m., April 26, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's disappointing to me that the actions of one person reflects an entire fan base.

At 6:55 p.m., April 26, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember the Domi incident.

What cracked me up about it was the fact that the glass fell, letting him fall into the penalty box, but the board below it with the ad on it (Dunkin Donuts, maybe?) remained upright as Domi punched the fan.

At 9:31 p.m., April 26, 2008, Blogger I Have Kasparaitis said...

@dvc: Well, with Stevens and Kasparaitis that was a different time. I'm not sure I could say they went after the knee. Kaspar was known for his hip-checks and that whole issue with Tim Connolly wasn't even true. Kaspar isn't a dirty person and wouldn't intentionally hurt someone like he did there.

Yeah, Malkin doesn't like Philly because they throw food on him when he walks to the lockers. That's a shame.

I'm worried about the hockey fanbase. Everyone is going to think we are thugs, but really it is only the few people who think they should attack others.

At 11:33 p.m., April 26, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the only differnce btw flyers fans and habs fans is that they dont start riots after winning first rd series.

but on the bright side, flyers fans will be throat punching habs fans in sec's 109, 213 and 209 monday or wedesday night at wachovia center.

At 11:00 a.m., April 27, 2008, Blogger poploser said...

it was a very close call...but the thing to remember is that refs dont have the luxury of seeing these things for every different angle over and over again. its easy to see why they could have called that - you see richards reach (like he's trying to catch something he's about to miss) and you see kovalev go down.

At 12:50 p.m., April 27, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boruk's comment stated that he hadn't seen anything like that from Flyers fans in the time that he's been in Philadelphia. This is true as Boruk has been in town for only a few years. The Domi and Ruff incidents were well before Boruk arrived.

At 3:49 p.m., April 27, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the fan was simply mad at Richards for his dirty play on Kovalev.

That cost the Flyers the game..

At 6:12 p.m., April 27, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahaha, I guess that idiot forgot about the Domi incident. That was MUCH worse. Hell, beer at the Bell center is $10 a cup, Richards should feel proud.

At 12:24 a.m., April 28, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The food that was thrown at Malkin was popcorn. You stay classy, Philadelphia.

At 9:08 a.m., April 28, 2008, Blogger Chemmy said...

Can we all just agree that neither Montreal nor Philadelphia has classy fans and get on with it?

At 10:27 a.m., April 28, 2008, Blogger dave in Rocha said...

"Flyers fans may be intimidating, but respectfully, they don't cross the line."

So I guess cheering when an opposing player gets injured then booing mercilessly when he limps off to the dressing room falls under "intimidating", not "cross(ing) the line"?

I agree that there are bad fans in every city, but I've never seen such poor taste on such a large scale as in Philly.

At 11:06 a.m., April 28, 2008, Anonymous dvc said...

Oh please, Pittsburgh fans went nuts when Lindros had to be carried off the ice after the Kasparaitis hit, they still celebrate that to this day. See...
They had a similar reaction when Rodney Harrison broke his leg in a Pats-Steelers game there. That's not poor taste on a large scale? And in the Devils' new arena, they still play the Stevens hit on Lindros to rev up the crowd. When they're not chanting "Rangers suck, Flyers swallow" in sections full of small children that is. When you've got scientific research that proves Flyers fans are the worst of the worse, then please share it. Until then, boorish yayhoos are pretty much everywhere.

At 4:07 p.m., April 28, 2008, Blogger I Have Kasparaitis said...

Kaspar's hit on Lindros was good ... it's not his fault that Lindros got a concussion and later(I don't remember) 6 concussions. So what everyone likes to watch big hits ... hits are motivation to the fans and players. What is wrong with playing hits? They, at least I wasn't, celebrating him being hurt but the power of Kaspar. And I can't comment about the Harrison situation because frankly I cannot recall that happening. All sports team have at least some fans that do the whole screaming vulgar language but only few teams have actual people throwing garbage which ticks me off. If I saw my fellow fans throwing food at players on the ice, I would defintely give them a mouthful of my thoughts. I remember getting harassed when I was younger by Philly fans, which helps full my rivalry instinct towards those teams. Anyone can make comments about other team fans but it's never going to get proven who's the worst, but check some Flyer blog posts, you might be ashamed if you are a fan of the team.

At 9:29 a.m., August 10, 2008, Anonymous Tony said...

Good Job! :)


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