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NHL fines Flyers' Laviolette, Penguins' Granato for actions at Consol

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette and Penguins assistant Tony Granato were fined Monday by the NHL for their actions in Sunday's melee at Consol Energy Center.

Laviolette was fined $10,000 and Granato $2,500. The coaches shouted at one another from the teams' benches while players were fighting on the ice.

Laviolette, who also broke a stick, was angry that Danny Briere had been hit hard by Penguins fourth-line center Joe Vitale with 1:03 left, sparking multiple fights. Laviolette implied afterward that Vitale was sent out to cause trouble.

"He's obviously wrong," Penguins center Sidney Crosby said Monday. "There were no intentions when Dan (Bylsma) put Joey V. out there. It's a line. It's not like a special combination you put out there to start a fight."

> > Despite being called "gutless" a day earlier, Bylsma remained uninterested in exchanging insults with Laviolette or anyone else.

"Antics and theatrics on the bench by their coach are just that," Bylsma said. "We don't play the game."

But Bylsma had a new critic when NBC analyst Mike Milbury said in a Philadelphia radio interview Monday that he "thought Dan Bylsma should have took off his skirt and gone over there," according to the radio station's website.

Said Bylsma in deadpan delivery: "I wasn't wearing a skirt. It was a blue suit."

> > The NBC broadcast drew an overnight rating of 1.2, which was better than any regular-season game in more than two years, excluding the Winter Classic and Hockey Day in America. The Penguins-Capitals game Feb. 7, 2010, delivered a 1.3 rating.

> > The NHL named center Evgeni Malkin as March's second star. Malkin led the league with 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) in 15 games. Malkin has 104 points. First star was Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who had a 10-2-1 record. Third was Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, who was 10-3-2.

> > The Penguins had full participation in Monday's practice with the exception of defenseman Ben Lovejoy, who is recovering from knee surgery.

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