Even as the regular season resumes, the hockey world is still buzzing over John Scott’s all-star weekend. Voted in by fans at least partly on the assumption that he’d be embarrassed by the 3-on-3 format, Scott instead scored a pair of nifty goals and earned MVP honors in a scene straight out of a movie script.
It all made for a great feel-good story. But maybe we shouldn’t have been quite so shocked. After all, Scott’s not the first NHL tough guy to step outside of his comfort zone and deliver an impressive performance. The enforcer role may be fading from the NHL, but the guys who’ve done the job over the years have a long history of being surprisingly multi-talented.
So for this week’s top five, let’s go beyond the All-Star Game and look at some other areas where NHL tough guys unexpectedly made their presence felt.
The Anaheim Ducks laid several types of beatings on the Boston Bruins last night. The most obvious was on the scoreboard, where The Flock came away with a 6-2 road victory. On a more individualized basis, there was also the mismatched fight between Anaheim’s Chris Stewart and Boston’s Torey Krug.
Stewart comes in at 6-foot-2, 231 pounds. Krug, an offensive defenseman, is 5-foot-9 and 186 pounds. Here’s what happens when those combinations of atoms collide:
A fight in the AHL nearly turned disastrous Tuesday night as San Diego Gulls winger and veteran bruiser Brian McGrattan was knocked out cold and slammed face first into the ice.
The fight, which occurred less than four minutes into the second period, ended when San Antonio Rampage winger Daniel Maggio connected with a right hand that stunned McGrattan. The punch caused McGrattan to fall to the ice without the ability to stop his head from crashing into the ice. As soon as he fell to the ice, he laid motionless with players from the Gulls, Rampage and referees on the ice signalling for immediate help: Read more
Anyone who prefers on-ice justice to the official, league-mandated kind of justice can rejoice at what happened Monday night between the Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers.
On Jan. 10 Oilers left winger Matt Hendricks caught the Florida Panthers’ Aaron Ekblad with a hit from behind. Ekblad returned to the game but wound up in concussion protocol and was forced out of the lineup the following night. He hasn’t played since, though he’s expected to return later this week.
Hendricks earned a three-game suspension for the hit but returned just in time for his Oilers to face the Panthers again Monday. It didn’t take a genius to know what was coming, though it was hardly the Claude Lemieux treatment for Hendricks, who stood tall. Rugged Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson, all 6-foot-5 and 216 pounds of him, challenged the six-foot, 207-pound Hendricks. Fists flew just 4:16 into the game. Check it out:
The post-game scrum between the Florida Panthers and Vancouver Canucks this past Monday was a rarity in today’s NHL. And while fans may have eaten it up, there were almost certainly a few at the league office who were none too pleased with the dustup. If the league was upset at all, though, maybe they can take solace in the fact the brawl didn’t get as out of hand as one between two Russian amateur league clubs.
This insane battle between two teams — a rough translation has the team in black called Hammer and team in white called Yugan — comes from Moscow’s Night Hockey League this past Friday. It all started thanks to a hit by Hammer’s Andrew Revkov on Yugan’s Vladimir Chernyshev that caused a line “brawl” consisting of gloved punches. Standard stuff, really, and nothing out of the ordinary. We see scrums like this at least once a week.
The two teams eventually relent and head to their benches. Brawl over, right? Not even close. Watch and wait for things to get out of control in a hurry around the 1:45 mark: Read more
The NWHL is less than one season old and already the four-team league seems to be breeding some heated rivalries. Take Sunday’s action, for instance, when the New York Riveters and Connecticut Whale had a small scuffle turn into a line brawl.
The league-leading Whale were putting a 5-1 beating on the Riveters in the third period when Connecticut’s Danielle Ward drove the net on a puck that was frozen just outside the crease by New York netminder Jenny Scrivens. Ward ended up running into Scrivens and toppling overtop of the Riveters goaltender, in part because of contact from New York blueliner Amber Moore. But that didn’t stop Riveters blueliner Ashley Johnston from mixing it up.
When Ward got to her feet, Johnston gave her a shove, but Micaela Long flew in out of nowhere to put Johnston on her back. That set the two teams off as they ended up in the corner throwing punches at each other: Read more
There has been some infamous penalty box moments in the NHL, such as Tie Domi’s altercation with a fan who fell in during a game in Philadelphia and Doug Gilmour’s door-slamming, glass-smashing show of frustration, but the EIHL — based out of the UK — had its own penalty box incident.
During a Sunday game between the Manchester Storm and Fife Flyers, a shoving match broke out involving Storm winger Devin Didiomete and Flyers winger Danny Stewart. Both were booked for roughing minors, but Didiomete also drew a match penalty and game misconduct for a cross check to Stewart’s head.
Incident over, right? Not quite. After Didiomete was escorted to the penalty box, he learned of his game misconduct for the cross check and lost his cool for a brief moment: Read more
Anyone who has been to a live hockey game in the past several years — be it NHL, minor leagues or major junior — has had the intermission enjoyment of a dozen or so young players ripping around the ice for fan enjoyment. The mites games are easily one of the most enjoyable forms of fan entertainment during intermission.
On the list of things you’d expect to see in a game between first- and second-year players might be straight-legged skating, a few slips and falls and maybe even one little speedster who can outpace the rest of the group. What you don’t expect to see, though, is a line brawl.
However, fans taking in a recent Ontario Reign AHL contest saw just that: eight young players dropping the mitts and throwing fists at each other. Take a look at the 3:10 mark of the video below: Read more