At the end of the Montreal-Philly game on Saturday night, Montreal player Tom Kostopoulos punched Flyers defenceman Kimmo Timonen in the face. This happened right after the Flyers were gloating over the 4-2 lead they now had.
I say, good for Kostopoulos.
Montreal has been seen as a team with no grit for a few years now, and it’s nice to see someone step up. It also sends a message that gloating is not acceptable.
Now, I’m not just saying that because it was a Habs player who did the punching. I know numerous Habs fans that hated former Canadiens player Mike Riberio after he dove when crosscheck, and once the penalty was called, jumped up and laughed at the opposition bench. Someone from the other team should have punched Riberio then too.
It’s one thing to be excited after a goal. It’s another thing to be gloating to the other team. In football, there’s a penalty for gloating. In the NBA, even staring at the defensive player after one has dunked over them leads to a technical foul. There’s no such rule in the NHL. So it was up to Kostopoulos to stop it.
Good for him