Flyers describe hit on Canadiens’ Brendan Gallagher as a ‘hockey play’

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“There’s little doubt that there’s no love between each groups,” Vigneault mentioned. “Each groups need to win. Very aggressive. The hit on Travis, it was a blow upwards in the direction of the top that minimize him. … However Nisky’s hit, his angle doesn’t change. Only a hockey play in my estimation.”

Flyers ahead Joel Farabee was additionally requested Thursday about Niskanen’s hit on Gallagher.


“I noticed it from the bench,” he mentioned. “My view was not nice. For my part, it’s playoff hockey. Guys are going at it on the market. We’re combating for each inch. I didn’t suppose it was to the purpose the place he wants a suspension or something. Like I mentioned, it’s playoff hockey. I believe we will transfer on from it.”

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Not surprisingly, Canadiens defenceman Ben Chiarot had a a lot completely different view on Niskanen’s hit.

“It appears like a cross-check proper to the face just about is how I noticed it,” Chiarot mentioned Thursday. “An unsuspecting man. Gally’s within the nook taking part in the puck, turns round and will get a mouthful of Niskanen’s stick. That’s how I noticed it.”


Recreation 5 was a chippy affair and there was a variety of pushing and shoving between gamers from each groups on the finish of the sport. The stage is now set for what might be a really bodily Recreation 6.

“It’s Recreation 6,” the Flyers’ Kevin Hayes mentioned. “I believe each recreation brings extra depth. Their backs are in opposition to the wall, such as you guys noticed. I believe the depth goes to be there. There are a pair hits within the recreation after which the little scrum on the finish. It’s going to be a enjoyable recreation for positive. Each groups must win. If we win, we transfer on. In the event that they lose, they go residence. There’s a variety of issues at stake.”