There has been a lot of criticism about Rinaldo continuing to punch Crombeen as he appeared to be headed to the ice. An oversight seems to be Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier punching Max Talbot while he was clearly on the ice already and on his back nonetheless. The photo above features a frame by frame breakdown of the both fights and the differences.
Rinaldo did not have malicious or dirty intentions which was made clear by him following up with referee Kelly Sutherland (luckily for us, Rinaldo was mic’d up for the game).
Zac Rinaldo: Hey Kelly, I mean, I didn’t hit him while he was down.
Kelly Sutherland: No, no you didn’t. He was on his way down.
Sutherland: Zac, you’re cool.
Rinaldo: Ok, alright. I just wanted to make sure.
Rinaldo [to Labrie]: He was going down. I even asked the ref. I said ‘he wasn’t down’ [and] he said ‘no.’ I’m not like that. You know that.