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NHL looking into bench scrum during Tuesday's Tampa Bay Lightning-Philadelphia Flyers game

Ryan Malone and Scott Hartnell exchange words Tuesday, earning misconduct penalties. The Lightning says the Flyers wing skated near its bench during a strategy session.

Associated Press

Ryan Malone and Scott Hartnell exchange words Tuesday, earning misconduct penalties. The Lightning says the Flyers wing skated near its bench during a strategy session.

TAMPA — The NHL is looking into a scrum near the Lightning bench during the second period of Tuesday's game against the Flyers.

During a television timeout with about 12 minutes left, Flyers wing Scott Hartnell was near the Lightning bench while coach Guy Boucher talked to his players and used his dry erase board. Television replays showed Hartnell waving his stick high around Tampa Bay players.

Hartnell told the Philadelphia Daily News on Wednesday that the situation was sparked by Boucher and that Lightning players Steve Downie and Ryan Malone speared him from the bench.

"I was right in front of the bench," Hartnell told the Daily News. "Their coach looked up and started yapping at me. I was just sitting there, not doing anything. Then two guys started slashing me from the bench. I just kind of pushed their sticks out of the way.

"I ended up getting 10 minutes for really nothing."

Hartnell and Malone were assessed 10-minute misconduct penalties.

Hartnell said he was positioned on the faceoff dot when the melee started. But Boucher had a different take: "He was close enough that he could have been on the faceoff dot on my (dry erase) board."

NHL looking into bench scrum during Tuesday's Tampa Bay Lightning-Philadelphia Flyers game 12/28/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 9:49pm]
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