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Zac Rinaldo ejected for elbow on Mikhail Grabovski; suspension ahead? (Video)

Greg Wyshynski
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Zac Rinaldo of the Philadelphia Flyers greeted his new division rivals, the Washington Capitals, with his unique brand of whimsy on Friday night, earning a 5-minute major and a game misconduct for this elbowing penalty on Mikhail Grabovski in a preseason affair:

As Grabovski told Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington:

“Was that Chara? No, not Chara. Not a smart play. That's not the first time. It was hard hit but I'm OK.”

So what to make of this hit? Grabovski is crouching down after nudging the puck along. Even on the reverse angle, it’s hard to see exactly where Rinaldo’s elbow landed.

Since there’s no injury on the play, one wonders if anything further comes down on Rinaldo. But his actions were worthy enough for a game misconduct.

Rinaldo's got a rap sheet with the NHL, having been suspended in Feb. 2012 for charging Jonathan Ericsson, as well as getting a pair of fines in that same season.

What say you?

UPDATE: Brendan Shanahan has Tweeted his reasoning why Rinaldo will not receive any punishment:

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