Hextall, Hakstol talk to Gudas about dangerous hit

R.J. Umberger snapped a 50-game scoreless drought to help the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-1.

Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Radko Gudas avoided supplemental discipline for his hit on Buffalo Sabres rookie Daniel Catenacci but was sat down by both his coach and GM Friday.

Gudas was assessed a five-minute charging penalty for his hit late in the Flyers’ 5-1 win. The NHL did review the play but declined to set a hearing.

“We talked in the morning, briefly,” Gudas told CSNPhilly.com. “He was making sure I am paying attention and doesn’t want me to get suspended again. Be a good hockey player and make a good hit.

“Nothing really I want to comment on,” Gudas continued. “You guys all saw it. I really can’t comment. It’s a hockey play. Everything can be done differently. I don’t take a look at it and say, ‘I should have done this or that.’ I did what I did. It happened.”

Ron Hextall and Dave Hakstol both spoke with Gudas, and while they did not comment on the hit itself, they said that the team’s best interests were the topic of their conversation.

“There’s a big picture to all of it in terms of our main concern,” Hakstol said. “Our main goal right now is to do all the little things necessary to win hockey games.”

Gudas was suspended three games in December for a head shot delivered on Ottawa Senators forward Mika Zibanejad.

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