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Hartnell takes considerable heat in Philly

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08:22 AM ET 03.22 | Philadelphia had a rare two-day break this week, leading to some shuffling of the lineup. Coach Peter Laviolette broke up all four lines -- then tried to advise not to read anything into that -- but Hartnell is now playing with Ruslan Fedotenko and Zac Rinaldo. ... [Hartnell's] unnecessary roughing call Monday night in Tampa is what got him benched. It's not the first time Laviolette has used him as an example to the team. Laviolette seems to use Hartnell more than others. "I wouldn't say 'whipping boy,' but it's definitely, there's been in the past, especially with Lavy, a message sent to me," Hartnell admitted. "I don't mind. I think I needed it, to be honest. Sit on the bench and watch the guys play."

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March 22, 2013  08:44 AM ET

I don't mind. I think I needed it, to be honest. Sit on the bench and watch the guys play.



And get paid...

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March 22, 2013  09:10 AM ET

Well surprisingly it is not a Tortorella story......

March 22, 2013  09:14 AM ET
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Exactly.

you must be thrilled, every team around the Leafs seems to want no part in the playoffs!

March 22, 2013  09:17 AM ET
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you must be thrilled, every team around the Leafs seems to want no part in the playoffs!

How about those Sabres?

March 22, 2013  09:20 AM ET

Scotty obviously forgot that he wasn't playing the Pens, because he usually gets away with that sort of thing when he plays them.

March 22, 2013  09:22 AM ET
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How about those Sabres?

Oh boy.

March 22, 2013  09:22 AM ET
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you must be thrilled, every team around the Leafs seems to want no part in the playoffs!

We shall see if Philly wants any part of the playoffs this Sunday when they head to Pitt. I see it as their very last opportunity to start a run and it will have to be quite a run if it happens. They are only a few points behind the 8 seed and if you can't step it up for the Pens throw in the towel. I can hope right.

March 22, 2013  09:32 AM ET

I thought this might make the FN threads but sadly no.....

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March 22, 2013  09:49 AM ET
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The blind side hit Nash did last nite was pretty punkish..2 game ban coming up.

Best I could do.....

http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/rick-nash-next-line-s hanaban-ban-leaping-head-034117168--nhl.html

March 22, 2013  10:06 AM ET
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Please..when the leagues worst team goes into NY and beats them, they dont deserve the ink.

just awful

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March 22, 2013  10:08 AM ET
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Shootout fan, eh?

No I'm big fan of the Leaf point. :-)

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March 22, 2013  10:17 AM ET
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I thought this might make the FN threads but sadly no.....

Fortunately, Smith looks to be ok. Punk move by Edler.

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