Bruins forward Rinaldo escapes NHL’s wrath
Boston Bruins forward Zac Rinaldo avoided a suspension from the NHL after his hit on Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier during Wednesday night’s game.
The Bruins also announced Thursday that defenceman Tommy Cross was assigned to Providence of the American Hockey League.
Rinaldo was ejected from Boston’s overtime loss to the Flyers and received a five-minute major penalty when he charged Couturier along the boards at the end of the first period. The league said Thursday after reviewing the play that it supported the game officials’ decision but decided against further disciplinary action.
The league’s Department of Player Safety ruled that the play was not elbowing or interference and that the contact with the head was not an illegal check and therefore did not merit punishment.
Couturier suffered an upper body injury and did not return to play in the final two periods.
Cross saw action in three games for the Bruins during his call-up and posted his first NHL point with an assist against the Arizona Coyotes on Oct. 17.