Nik Antropov's verbal shots off the ice and perceived cheap shots on it have left the Philadelphia Flyers peeved off.
Just days after suggesting the Flyers' all-European defence was soft, Antropov could find himself in hot water with the NHL for clubbing Jeremy Roenick from behind during the Flyers' 7-2 win over the moribund Maple Leafs at the Wachovia Center yesterday.
"I feel he should be suspended," Roenick said. "It's an attack on someone defenceless from behind. I just went through another concussion two months ago.That was a hit to the head, too.
"That's scary stuff."
The incident occurred at 7:55 of the second period after Flyers forward Roenick caught Antropov coming around the Toronto net with his head down.
Leafs coach Pat Quinn accused Roenick of throwing an elbow to the noggin' of the Toronto forward.
BLOW TO HEAD
"You don't have to run 20 feet to run a guy over," Antropov said of Roenick's hit. "It just clicked in my mind, what he did."
Moments later, as Roenick joined a scrum to the left of the Toronto goal, Antropov delivered a blow with his stick to the back of Roenick's head.
"I didn't take a 20-foot run at him, I think it was just two steps from the bottom of the circle," Roenick said. "When you get hit because your head was down, you don't respond by hitting a guy from behind.
"Besides, how does he know I took a 20-foot run if his head was down? How could he see that? I think if I saw someone taking a 20-foot run at me, I'd get out of the way."
To no one's surprise, Quinn thought Roenick was at fault for initiating the fireworks.
"(The league) should look at the elbow as it came from behind the net from Roenick first and look at the stick infraction afterward," Quinn said.
"They say they are going to call head shots. Obviously they are not."
Antropov certainly is not a favourite in the Flyers' dressing room after recently criticizing the Philadelphia defencemen.
"Our defence took exception to that," Roenick said.
"I don't think they minded if (Antropov) got hit hard."
Flyers cheesed off at Nik
MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun
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