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Flyers' Zac Rinaldo gets match penalty for hit on Sabres' Chad Ruhwedel

By Darian Somers

Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo received a match penalty for a hit on Buffalo's Chad Ruhwedel 4:29 into the third period on Sunday.

The infraction occurred when Rinaldo came across the ice and dropped his shoulder, making contact with Ruhwedel's head. From one angle, it appears that Rinaldo jumped into the hit that sent Ruhwedel spinning to the ice. The Sabres' defenseman left the ice under his own power and did not return to the game.

According to Buffalo News beat writer Mike Harrington, Ruhwedel suffered a concussion.

The officiating crew handed Rinaldo a match penalty for contact to the head, which instantly disqualifies a player from the remainder of the game, carries a five-minute major, and requires that a report be filed to the league.

It was not Rinaldo's first run-in with the refs on the night, as hie also picked up penalties for charging and tripping earlier in the game. He also scored a goal in the second period.

The Flyers forward is no stranger to supplemental discipline. He received a two-game ban for an illegal hit on Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson in 2012, and was fined for two separate incidents in a single game prior to the Ericsson hit. His 153 penalty minutes in 67 games this season ranks fourth-highest in the league this season.

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