Laviolette fined $10,000 for altercation
Late Monday afternoon, the Philadelphia Flyers official twitter page announced that head coach Peter Laviolette was fined $10,000 by the NHL for his actions during the team’s 6-4 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.
In the final minute of the game, Danny Briere was hit with a vicious open-ice hit by Penguins forward Joe Vitale.
Following the hit, all hell broke loose in the form of a line brawl between the two teams.
It didn’t stop the coaches from getting involved as well.
Laviolette grabbed Maxime Talbot’s stick and broke it over the glass that separated the team’s benches. A shard of the stick ended up going into the Pittsburgh bench, while Laviolette threw the remaining piece onto the ice.
He didn’t stop there.
Laviolette then stepped on top of the boards and started to yell at Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma.
Assistant coach Tony Granato jumped up in his place to seemingly protect the head coach and started to yell back at Laviolette.
Granato was also fined $2,500 by the league for his participation in the altercation.
Laviolette stated after the game that he was displeased with the fact that Bylsma decided to send out his checking line despite the fact that they had seen limited time in the third period.
He called the decision ‘gutless.’
Bylsma refused to comment on the statement.
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