philadelphia flyers Defenseman Tony DeAngelo will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Wednesday after he was ejected from a game the night before for hitting Tampa Bay Lightning forward Corey Perry in the groin.
The league announced that DeAngelo, who was traded for the carolina hurricanes in the offseason, he would have a hearing after an incident during the Tuesday night game, when he was finally assessed for a 5-minute serious foul and in-game misconduct, leading to his ejection.
With the Lightning leading by two with less than three minutes remaining in the third period, DeAngelo came within a scrum in front of the Flyers net.
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He then took his cane and impaled Perry, apparently in the groin, causing Perry to fall.
The low shot brought all of the Tampa Bay players onto the ice to pursue DeAngelo, but officials quickly broke up the fight.
«He tried to cut my club out of my hands a second early. He talks the whole game,» DeAngelo said after the game, via ESPN.
«I asked him to fight, he doesn’t want to fight. He’ll tell you he asked me to fight for years. I’m not saying no. But I wasn’t trying to give him a chance.» [where it landed]. The replay probably looks worse.»
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Flyers head coach John Tortorella said he didn’t see exactly what happened, but believed DeAngelo «may have crossed the line.»
«That’s the line you walk, until you get to the edge,» he said. «I want him to have his personality, to have that competitiveness. A couple of guys I’ve sat down with, I wish they would rub off on a little bit of that. But then again, I haven’t seen it, but I think he may have passed the stripe.»
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DeAngelo is no stranger to controversy.
After various problems during his tenure with the New York Rangers, he was placed on waivers in January 2021 following reports that he got into a physical altercation with substitute goalkeeper Alexandar Georgiev.
The Lightning snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Flyers.