Predators-Jets is the best sort of rivalry: one born almost solely from the fact that both teams are very good and each stands in the other’s way of the Central title, the West, and, perhaps ultimately, a Cup. And even though we’re months and months away from what we all hope is a playoff rematch of last year’s…
The Lightning and Bruins are currently previewing tonight what could be a very good playoff series next month, and going by this game, tempers will be hot if these teams meet again.
Nazem Kadri and Rasmus Ristolainen dropped gloves in the Sabres’ 5-3 win over the Leafs Monday, but the fight wasn’t as entertaining as the math argument that followed. Here’s the amateur wrestling match:
The argument for fighting in hockey is twofold: that the threat of a beating serves as a deterrent, policing dirty hits against skill players, and that a good, rousing rumble can fire up an uninspired team. That hockey has neither gotten more dangerous nor less inspired as fighting had decreased dramatically would…
The reason why the tale of David and Goliath is notable is because most of the time, Goliath should win. Put a 5-foot-9, 175-pound AHL goon against a 6-foot-5, 235-pound counterpart, and who do you think will usually come out on top?
The Leafs’ Nazem Kadri and Sharks’ Joe Thornton got chippy with each other about as fast as possible tonight—sniping at each other in the faceoff circle to the point of getting kicked out of the circle before dropping gloves to start fighting, all of two seconds into the game.
A month ago, Anaheim defenseman Kevin Bieksa took down Philly’s Radko Gudas almost instantly with his right hand when Gudas dared to challenge him.
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…