I’m generally over hockey fights, both for their silliness and their safety concerns. So here’s a good reminder that for as right-thinking as I’d like to imagine myself, I’m entirely willing to drop all principles the second something cool happens.
Lost at the end of a wild Game 2 and hidden in a commercial break, was a pretty unlikely scrap between the Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin and the Predators’ P.K. Subban.
The Capitals and Wild met tonight in Minnesota and things got feisty pretty quickly. In the first period, Caps winger Tom Wilson caught Zach Parise in the face with a high stick on center ice, earning a four-minute penalty for the reckless stick handling.
This large hockey son is definitely getting booted from his high school hockey game in Buffalo, NY for knocking down the ref trying to put him in the penalty box. But to be perfectly honest, I’m pretty sure the ref shoved first.
The helmet: a useful tool for keeping your brains intact. Also, apparently a weapon?
Adam Vay of the Quad City Mallards—a real team in the ECHL, I swear—is not someone you wan to scrap with. The goalie is an avid MMA practitioner, but it seems that Cincinnati Cyclones keeper Michael Houser didn’t know that, because he tried to throw hands last night. It did not end well.
Kevin Bieksa and Wayne Simmonds dropped the gloves just 95 seconds into last night’s 4-3 Ducks shootout win over the Flyers, and Bieksa immediately yanked his opponent’s jersey over his head, to the delight of the crowd and to grins from Simmonds and the officials.
Here’s some sports.
The Washington Capitals opened their Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers tonight. John Carlson pinged a slapshot in off a series of Flyers in the second period, and Jay Beagle added another in the third period. Two goals is far less than the nine that the Islanders and Panthers combined…
There’s something oddly hypnotic about watching these three pairs of hockey guys wail on each other all at the same time, in near-perfect harmony.
San Diego Gulls winger Brian McGrattan was felled by a right hand from San Antonio Rampage defenseman Daniel Maggio Tuesday night, and immediately hit the ice out cold. He was stretchered off the ice, though the Gulls later announced that he was conscious and alert:
The Québec Major Junior Hockey League is a a wonderful hockey league spread across Québec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. It’s a charming part of the CHL, full of francophone names and, apparently, vicious brawls that even referees are powerless to stop. The Halifax Mooseheads (!) and the Saint…
Chris Neil is somewhat of an Ottawa Senators lifer, having played 13 seasons-long career with the team and notching his 900th game on Thursday. The Senators lost 5-4, but Neil had himself a game, scoring, assisting, and wrasslin’, all in a mere 6:17 of ice time.
The Canucks and Flames don’t like each other. That much was obvious before coming into tonight’s Stanley Cup playoffs game in Vancouver, one that ended in a 4-1 win for the Canucks and a third period box score that looked like this:
This dude right here—who seems to be feeling pretty good about the fact that he just exited a hockey brawl down a shirt, jacket, and tie—is named Andrei Razin, and he’s the head coach of a hockey team in Russia’s minor league. He ended up this way after scrapping with opposing head coach Alex Zhdahin, who was getting…
More winter Friday nights than not through my first few years of high school, I was in my usual seat at the local arena, three or four rows up behind the home team's bench. On the ice, the Ontario Hockey League's Ottawa 67's, a group of—boys, really, aged 16 to 20. A handful of them would go on to be drafted by NHL…
The Penguins and Capitals were feeling a bit feisty last night, so much so that they decided have a scrap right on the Penguins' bench. I'm not sure if this qualifies as a true line brawl, but it's still pretty crazy.
This is Philadelphia's Ryan White moving the Islanders' Matt Martin's nose a few centimeters to the right in their first-period fight last night.