Philadelphia Flyers: The City of Not-So-Brotherly Love

Mark MarinoSenior Analyst INovember 27, 2007

Icon Sports MediaYou would assume that players and coaches alike would have cleaned up their act by now in Philly.

But another flagrant hit in last night's game resulted in another suspension for the Flyers.

Last night was the first meeting between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers since Randy Jones' hit from behind on Patrice Bergeron.

This game would be no different, showing the true colors of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Flyers forward Scott Hartnell received a 5-minute major boarding penalty and a game misconduct for a cheap hit on Bruins defenseman Andrew Alberts during the second period of the game.

Alberts would leave the game and not return, suffering an obvious head injury. He is being evaluated today and hoping for the best of news.

Hartnell received a mere two-game suspension from the NHL—a punishment, in my opinion, not worthy of the action.

This is the fourth time this season that a Flyers player has been given a multi-game suspension.

And I ask myself...

When is this going to stop in Philly?

I think head coach John Stevens, as well as the players, should be held responsible from here on out.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman should make it loud and clear to Stevens that if this erratic play continues, a severe fine is in order.

My opinion on Bettman? Well, that's another story.

Or maybe Stevens should take a page out of Bruins head coach Claude Julien's book:


Instead of retaliating, Julien and the entire Bruins squad kept their composure and walked out of the Wachovia Center last night with a much-needed win—and two more points in the standings.

Don't get me wrong, the Flyers have some great talent on their team—and I don't mean to encapsulate the entire squad in this mess.

But when their hotheaded style of play is a hotter topic than their wins and losses, something's wrong. 

That's just my opinion, and I hope it's yours, too.