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Gostisbehere Will Have Hearing with NHL After Boarding Friedman



Pittsburgh Penguins, Mark Friedman, Shayne Gostisbehere, NHL department of player safety

Things were contentious between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. Travis Konecny slew-footed Penguins winger Bryan Rust. Sidney Crosby and Konecny wrestled which ended with Crosby pushed Konecny’s face to the ice, but the most serious infraction was committed by Philadelphia defenseman Shayne Gostisbere.

Late in the third period, Penguins defenseman Mark Friedman–a former Flyer whom the Penguins claimed on waivers in February–scored an empty-net goal to clinch the Penguins victory. Friedman’s goal made the score 6-3 with a few minutes remaining.

However, as Friedman turned to celebrate the goal, Gostisbehere cross-checked him into the boards at full speed.


It was a dangerous play that easily could have injured Friedman and was a surprising display against a former teammate.

A hearing is typically a precursor to a suspension. However, with COVID protocols, the minimum length of suspension being unknown. In normal times, a player would be offered a telephonic hearing for an infraction that merited a suspension between zero to five games. An in-person hearing would mean a suspension of six or more games.

Philadelphia has three games remaining this season.

Friedman was a subject of Philadelphia’s physical pressure throughout the game. The Penguins defenseman fought Joel Farabee in the second period after Friedman received a cross-check behind the net.


Shortly after, Mark Friedman received a couple more message-sending cross-checks away from the play, including this one from Jakub Voracek.


The NHL Department of Player Safety announced the hearing at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning. The DoPS came under heavy scrutiny on Tuesday after it failed to suspend Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson for his vicious attacks on New York Rangers forwards Pavel Buchnevich and Artemi Panarin, on Monday night.

The New York Rangers released a statement calling department head George Parros, “unfit” and his failure to suspend Wilson indefinitely a “dereliction of duty.”

The Pittsburgh Penguins declined to discuss Gostisbehere’s hit on Friedman or the other “extra-legal” matters in the game.

“(Those are) just plays you don’t really want to see out there,” Jake Guentzel said. “You don’t want to go too much into it, but you don’t want to see stuff like that in the games…”

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1 year ago

Well . . if Wilson gets no suspension and a $5000 fine for his “actions” than I would assume the league has no alternative but to insist Gostisbehere be paid a bonus and get a free pass to the Hall of Fame for his skill display. . When it comes to matters like this the league has never changed. Considering players either have no response or soft responses to this I have no alternative but to think that in large measure they are OK with it. The owners are right there with them. OK . .. it is there toy… Read more »

James Pierce
James Pierce
1 year ago

Bush league hit. Where is the respect at? You guys all play the same game? What is this need to risk crippling someone doing the same thing you would do if the situation was reversed? It was a “Wilson quality hot garbage” hit.

Last edited 1 year ago by James Pierce
Stephen Powanda
Stephen Powanda
1 year ago

MY point is this. Wilson has gotten away with this far to long. You know the Rangers brought up three tough guys for tonights game against Washington. Is doing that right or wrong? BOTH It doesn’t belong in the game but the NHL is doing nothing about it so the Rangers are forced to. The flyers have always been a dirty and physical team. We need to protect players like Crosby comon Burkie get us a deterant.

1 year ago

I actually think this configuration of the Pens are better with Angello or Lafferty in the lineup than Sceviour. Discounting OTW and OTL, and looking at just win or lose, the Pens were a game over .500 when Angello hit the lineup on Feb. 27. They went 14-6 with him as a regular. The team is 9-4 since he went out of the lineup. Just that bit of physicality on this team, I think, makes a big difference.

Last edited 1 year ago by Steve

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