Any fight that lasts close to a minute is already impressive, but when that minute is filled with non-stop haymakers that leave the faces of both combatants bloodied, I can’t help but tip my hat and salute the men who provide us with such excitement.
Some players fight in an attempt to gain some momentum during their team’s sluggish performance, while others are simply looking for revenge from an earlier incident in the game, or season. Chalk up this battle between the Coyotes’ Derek Morris and the Flames’ Curtis Glencross as a result of the latter.
After sending the puck into the Coyotes’ zone, Glencross went in hard on the forecheck, like any hard-nosed player would do, and rattled Phoenix defenseman Keith Yandle with a rather stiff check.
While Yandle left the ice in a bit of a daze, Morris was looking for some retribution, and he found it as he pummeled Glencross with a steady dose of right hands in this edition of the Jagger Mafia “Hockey Fight of the Night.”
Sean Avery put a lick on the Oilers’ Colin Fraser in the Rangers 8-2 victory this afternoon. In the aftermath, Fraser’s teammate Ladislav Smid politely inquired if Avery would like to engage in fisticuffs. Avery declined. Then waited for Ladislav to lower his guard and threw what the Oilers’ called a sucker punch.
Those who paid the price of admission to watch the Boston Bruins take on the Pittsburgh Penguins last night at the Consol Energy Center sure got their money’s worth.
They were not only treated to a high scoring affair, but they also witnessed not one, not two, but three great fights between these two teams that apparently do not like each other all that much.
The night full of fights began with a bout between Shawn Thornton and Eric Godard.
The Anaheim Ducks’ George Parros has made a reputation for himself in hockey circles as a tough guy with one of the NHL’s best mustaches. Oddly enough, the Princeton grad decided to shave his stache during a month when most men prefer to grow theirs in an effort to raise awareness for prostate cancer.
Although he did shed the stache, one thing Parros did not shed was his tough guy image, which he put on display once again last night in a fight with the San Jose Sharks’ Frazer McLaren. Their back-and-forth tilt was an easy pick for the “Hockey Fight of the Night”!
This fight appeared to be a mismatch of epic proportions. During Sunday night’s game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Chicago Blackhawks, the Oilers’ Zack Stortini had a moment of bravery and decided to challenge the Blackhawks’ John Scott to a fight. Big mistake!
Standing at an imposing 6’8, 258-pounds, Scott had 4-inches and 43 pounds on his opponent and he made the most of it, pummeling the smaller Stortini in this edition of the Jagger Mafia “Hockey Fight of the Night.”
Halfway through the second, with the Stars out to a 3-goal lead, Dallas captain Brenden Morrow got into it with Penguins d-man Kris Letang. Pittsburgh didn’t like something that went on, because immediately after the puck dropped again, Crosby went looking for a fight.
According to Niskanen: I never saw that coming. We were up 4-1 and he was probably trying to get the team going. He asked me to go and we went. I didn’t say a word to him all night. I wasn’t on the ice with him all night…
Any enforcer will tell you that the most difficult opponent to defend yourself against is the one that can throw a devastating haymaker with both his left and his right hand. Unfortunately for the Flames’ Tim Jackman, he found himself up against someone who was capable of doing just that in the Avs’ David Liffiton.
These two combatants dropped the gloves only minutes into their game last night and treated us to a bout that was an easy pick for the Jagger Mafia “Hockey Fight of the Night”…
With Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley taking care of the scoring during last night’s game against the New Jersey Devils, the Sharks’ Ryan Clowe was free to take on all challengers. his first challenge came from Matt Corrente late in the second period.
Corrente was looking to inspire his Devils teammates, who found themselves trailing by a score of 4-1. Unfortunately, it would not work out as planned as he would lose the fight and his team would lose the game 5-2.
Last night in Calgary, two more unlikely combatants squared off as the Oliers’ Sam Gagner took on the Flames’ Olli Jokinen immediately following a Jay Bouwmeester goal near the end of the first period. And believe me when I tell you that this bout is not our “Frozen Fisticuffs Fight of the Night” simply because it features two players that are known more for their goalscoring abilities than their knack for fighting.
Following a knockout loss at the hands of Deryk Engelland in his last bout, the Leafs’ Colton Orr was looking to bounce back last night, but he wasn’t making things any easier on himself as he took on Rangers’ tough guy Derek Boogaard. Thankfully, he would survive this one long enough to go the distance.
It was a battle between two of the NHL’s most feared enforcers, and it certainly did not disappoint as both men got in some big bombs.
After knocking out Colton Orr in his last bout, Deryk Engelland made a name for himself in the world of NHL enforcers. And now that the word was out on the Penguins enforcer, it was only a matter of time before the rest of the NHL’s tough guys began lining up to get their shot at him.
The next player in line was Chris Neil, and he was hoping to fair better than Orr did one week earlier. The Sens bruiser was able to do just that, and although it is difficult to pick a winner in this battle, their constant exchange of blows makes them an easy pick for the latest Jagger Mafia “Fight of the Night”…