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Flyers' Zac Rinaldo Suspended Two Games for Hit on Jonathan Ericsson

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NEW YORK (February 13, 2012)Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo has been suspended for two games, without pay, for a charging incident in which he launched himself to hit Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson during NHL Game #829 in Detroit on Sunday, Feb. 12, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Rinaldo will forfeit $5,885.88. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Although Ericsson should have been more aware and prepared to face an oncoming check after reversing the puck, that still doesn't allow Rinaldo to launch himself to deliver such a high hit.

Shanahan mentions about three times that everything about this hit (including Ericsson's level of attention payed) is clean EXCEPT for the fact that Rinaldo launches himself five inches into the air to deliver this check.