Mikhail Grabovski has had a sterling preseason. After resolving his visa issues, Grabo wasted no time establishing himself as a Belarusian assist machine, endearing himself to his teammates and Caps fans in the process.
Enter Zac Rinaldo, notorious Philly antagonist (317 PIMs in 98 games). The Flyer goon zeroed in on Grabo in the corner behind Neuvirth’s net. Rinaldo’s elbow hit Grabovski’s head, dropping the Caps center to the ice. Grabovski skated back to the bench under his own power and continued playing in the game. Rinaldo, on the other hand, received a five-minute major and game misconduct.
Alex Ovechkin scored on the ensuing power play from the Ovi spot. Naturally.
Below, some nasty GIF-fage of the hit.
Is Shanahan justice incoming? Surely. (Will former Flyers scout and current NHL nooseman Patrick Burke have to recuse himself? There’s a good Q.)
Here’s your boy Alan May’s take on the matter. He’s not just a pretty head of hair, guys. He’s got hockey thoughts that you must take seriously:
Be surprised if Rinaldo doesn’t get at least 2 game suspension for blindside head shot on Grabovski #CapitalsTalk
— Alan May (@MayHockeyCSN) September 27, 2013
GIF by Ian Oland.