Zac Rinaldo says referee injured him

DJ Bean
December 21, 2015 - 7:50 am
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WILMINGTON -- Zac Rinaldo says that he is "ready to play" after practicing with the Bruins Monday. Rinaldo, who has been on injured reserve and missed the last three games with an upper-body injury suffered against the Oilers last Monday, also revealed the interesting nature in which the injury occurred. Though it appeared he might have tweaked something during a first-period fight with Oilers forward Matt Hendricks, Rinaldo said that he was actually injured by a referee after the fight. "It was after the fight against Hendricks," Rinaldo said. "The ref jumped on me as I was coming up and he put me down a little too rough, to be honest. That was that." Video of the fight did not capture which ref was responsible, but Rinaldo said that the official was trying to hold Rinaldo down to prevent him from getting back up. Rinaldo said that as he tried to get up, the official "cranked" him down "pretty hard." Rinaldo was matter-of-fact about the ordeal, but clearly wasn'€™t happy with the result. "It'€™s unfortunate," he said. "It was after the fight, too, so there was no need to use that much force like the ref did. I don'€™t know. You can'€™t really give the ref [guff]." Added Rinaldo: "When the refs use their force after you just fought for 30 seconds, a minute, it'€™s the last thing you want to deal with, is a ref using all his strength and all of his -- I don'€™t know what you want to call it -- just to stop you from doing anything."

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