Zac Rinaldo of the Philadelphia Flyers and B.J. Crombeen of the Tampa Bay Lightning fight in the first period on February 5, 2013 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (AFP)
The Tampa Bay Lightning’s B.J. Crombeen left Tuesday night’s game in Philadelphia with Bambi legs – a punishment he deserved, according to one Flyers forward.
“What (Crombeen) did to (Claude Giroux) … he had something coming to him,” Philly’s Tom Sestito told the Philadelphia Daily News following the Flyers 2-1 win.
Reportedly payback for Crombeen’s repeated slashes against Claude Giroux’s wrists early in the game, Philly enforcer Zac Rinaldo landed a devastating right that KO’d the Bolts’ forward, sending him to the dressing room under the assistance of Tampa’s staff.
But according to Crombeen, the way Rinaldo went about his business was suspect at best.
“Typically, when I’ve gotten into fights with guys in that position, you stop throwing,” Crombeen said of Rinaldo landing a few extra blows after he’d fallen to the ice. “I’m not really going to say if it was dirty or not.”
Rinaldo, on the other hand, took Crombeen’s semi-criticism in stride, explaining he simply completed the task at hand.
“He asked me (to fight), actually," Rinaldo explained. “He’s like ‘we’re going?’ And I was like ‘yeah’ and it happened."
“I hit him until he was down and I made sure he was down. That was it.”