Mike Milbury, the NHL on NBC analyst famous for his loud mouth and terrible management decisions, once again chimed in on Sunday's donnybrook between the Penguins and Flyers. The fracas saw Flyers coach Peter Laviolette break a stick in the direction of the Penguins bench and then climb the boards to challenge Penguins coach Dan Bylsma after a perfectly legal hit. Naturally, Milbury had a few choice words for the Penguins' captain and head coach.
Milbury stated to CBS Philly that Sidney Crosby "couldn't help himself because there's a little punk in [him]." Milbury also called Crosby a "goody two-shoes" who shouldn't complain after coming back from his "35th concussion." The "analyst" also added that Dan Bylsma "should have taken off his skirt and gone over there" to confront Laviolette.
Obviously, Milbury is from the old-school NHL, where these types of events were normal, encouraged, and weren't analyzed on segments of ESPN's Outside the Lines. Milbury clearly has a problem with Crosby and the way the events unfolded (or failed to unfold) yesterday. Brayden Schenn decided to cheap shot the face of the league and skate to his bench while Crosby looked for the culprit. In Milbury's words, Schenn's cheap shot was "better late than never." This is the problem in the NHL today. There are still members of the old school who value fights and cheap shots over skill.
And why should Bylsma confront Laviolette when he did nothing wrong? The Pens were down 6-3 and the Flyers put one of their most skilled lines out on the ice. Laviolette looked like a clown trying to fight the Penguins bench over a clean hit from 5-foot-11 'goon' Joe Vitale. Milbury knows a thing or two about looking foolish and making bad decisions. The only thing the Flyers and Milbury may have accomplished was awakening a sleeping giant.
Just another great decision by Mike Milbury.
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