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February 16, 2016

WATCH: Radko Gudas ejected after questionable hit, and Joseph Blandisi flops

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Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas defends like a heat seeking missile and he certainly has a reputation among NHL officials. And deservedly so, as just this season, the 25-year-old has a rap sheet that includes:

•    A three-game suspension after a hit on Senators forward Mika Zibanejad.

•    The stink eye from Canadiens star P.K. Subban, who ripped Gudas for a low hit on Lucas Lessio.

•    An ejection last week for an open-ice hit on Sabres forward Daniel Catenacci, which prompted Buffalo’s Marcus Foligno to call Gudas “an idiot” afterward.

Early in Tuesday night’s game in New Jersey, Gudas was given the gate for this hit against Devils forward Bobby Farnham:

Devils television analyst Ken Daneyko certainly didn’t agree with Kerry Fraser’s assessment, and there was an argument to be made that Farnham embellished the contact:

Regardless of whether or not Gudas deserved more than an interference call, I believe the hit was unnecessary considering how far behind the play both players were. What was Gudas trying to accomplish there? Whatever his reasoning, it feels like Gudas’ reputation hurt him here.

On the subject of flopping, Claude Giroux definitely sold a penalty in the third period that led to Wayne Simmonds' go-ahead goal. Still, it wasn't as bad as Devils forward Joseph Blandisi's embellishment in the first period.

Blandisi was sent to the penalty box for two minutes, which cancelled out Andrew MacDonald's two-minute slash. Credit to him for owning up to it, though:

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