"He's been working hard in practice, and we needed him there in that situation," Berube said. "He did a real good job in a tight game against a very good power play. I'd like to get him more time there. Keep working at it with him. It would be a good role for him."
Berube thinks Rinaldo can be effective penalty-killer partly because of his speed. "He can skate, and he's fearless and can block shots," he said. "And over time, he'll get the right reads. He understands the system."
Rinaldo said he doesn't do anything differently on than penalty kill than on five-on-five play.
"I'm more useful if I don't have a different mind-set. Just skate hard and play on the PK like it's my last shift," he said.
A year ago, Rinaldo played just 50 seconds on the penalty kill during the entire season.
Hextall on OT
Ron Hextall, the Flyers' assistant general manager, said he is in favor of increasing the overtime to as many as 10 minutes - the NHL is kicking around the idea - because it would help reduce the amount of games that end in shootouts.
The shootouts "individualize" games instead of rewarding teamwork, Hextall said.
Some Flyers prefer the overtime remaining at five minutes, including Vinny Lecavalier.
"I kind of like it the way it is," the veteran center said. "But the league and the players are open to it. Whatever makes the game better."
Hextall said he had not been contacted by Buffalo about the vacant general-manager's job and added that he was extremely happy in is position with the Flyers. . . . Entering Friday, Nick Grossmann was tied for sixth in the NHL with 48 blocked shots.