Sens and Bolts, Round 2

Jarkko Ruutu fights Steve Downie
Jarkko Ruutu fights Steve Downie. AP Photo/Chris O’Meara

There were a pair of fights last night, both coming from the Senators-Lightning game.  This is the second time this season these two mildly overacheiving teams have met up.  The first game saw a few scraps as well.

There were new matchups this time around.  Mid-way through the game Chris Neil took on Zenon Konopka in a fairly spirited fight.  Konopka wasn’t too big a fan of the way the bout ended, with Neil getting in a late shot with the linesmen in.  Steve Downie wanted a piece of Jarkko Ruutu with under a minute left in the game.  Downie had the early part of the bout, but Ruutu was able to even things up.  These two have fought once before, when they were part of the Battle of Pennsylvania.

Tampa and Ottawa play twice more.  The next game is in just a week.  The last isn’t until April.

Videos added

Chris Neil vs Zenon Konopka Oct 29, 2009
Jarkko Ruutu vs Steve Downie Oct 29, 2009
Shane Hnidy vs Jake Dowell Oct 26, 2009
Shean Donovan vs Kenndal McArdle Oct 28, 2009
Jim Vandermeer vs R.J. Umberger Oct 28, 2009
Paul Bissonnette vs Jared Boll Oct 28, 2009
Cam Janssen vs Tim Conboy Oct 28, 2009
Brad Winchester vs Jay Harrison Oct 28, 2009

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Battle of Alberta Alive, but All Flames

Steve MacIntyre fights Brian McGrattan
Steve MacIntyre fights Brian McGrattan. AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh

Steve MacIntyre and Brian McGrattan got the latest Flames-Oilers game started off right.  Just a few minutes into the game the two had a great fight that had the crowd roaring.

It was the second game of the season for MacIntyre and his first regular season fight since February, although he did have a pair against Joel Rechlicz in the preseason.

The Flames have won all three games against the Oilers so far. There have been five fights.

The other Wild monster

No Derek Boogaard?  No problem.  The Wild just substitute giants and add John Scott to their squad.  Scott handled Tim Conboy with ease.  Conboy, at 6’2” and 210 lbs, is no small man, but he could never get past Scott’s enormous reach advantage.

King returns, King leaves

DJ King played one game last season and returned to action last night.  He dropped the gloves and had an impressive win over Krys Barch.  Unfortunately he left the game right after with a hand or wrist injury.  He’s currently listed as day-to-day.

Richards crushes Booth

Mike Richards laid a huge hit on David Booth in last night’s Flyers-Panthers game.  Richards caught Booth’s head hard with his shoulder and Booth laid motionless on the ice. While Booth’s long-term status is unknown there was some positive news:

“They did some very quick motor tests and everything seemed fine,” Sexton said after the game. “He’s coherent. He knew his name.”

The league will review the play, Richards could be suspended.

Videos added

Tim Conboy vs John Scott Oct 24, 2009
Steve Begin vs Chris Neil Oct 24, 2009
Shawn Thornton vs Matt Carkner Oct 24, 2009
Byron Bitz vs Matt Carkner Oct 24, 2009
Ladislav Smid vs Mark Giordano Oct 24, 2009
Steve MacIntyre vs Brian McGrattan Oct 24, 2009
Steve Ott vs B.J. Crombeen Oct 24, 2009
Brian Sutherby vs Brad Winchester Oct 24, 2009
Krys Barch vs D.J. King Oct 24, 2009
Brad Staubitz vs Eric Boulton Oct 24, 2009
Nathan Smith vs B.J. Crombeen Oct 23, 2009
Keith Ballard vs Chris Kunitz Oct 23, 2009

Due to the storm in NY I lost power a few times and was unable to grab the Schenn-Glass and Boyle-D’Agostini clips (and Richards’ hit on Booth).  I should have them within a few days.

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Derek Boogaard’s Big Return

Krys Barch whips around George Parros
Krys Barch whips around George Parros. AP Photo/Matt Sayles

Last night wasn’t Derek Boogaard‘s first game this season, but it was his first with a fight.  Boogaard accepted an offer to go from David Koci, who looked like he realized what a mess he was in a few seconds too late.  The Avalanche list Koci at 6’6” and 238 lbs.  Even if they’re being generous with an inch, he looked quite small compared to the monstrous Boogaard. It was a long layoff in the fistic department for Boogaard as he hadn’t dropped the gloves since January.  Apparently that was no issue as Boogaard easily handled the tough Czech.

There were a few other good bouts last night.  Krys Barch and George Parros went back and forth in AnaheimFrancis Wathier played in his first NHL game and got into his first fight, against Mike BrownScott Walker and Brendan Witt had a good go mid-way through the first period of the Islanders first win of the season (a shootout).

Videos added

Krys Barch vs George Parros Oct 21, 2009 x2
Francis Wathier vs Mike Brown Oct 21, 2009 x2
David Koci vs Derek Boogaard Oct 21, 2009 x2
Scott Walker vs Brendan Witt Oct 21, 2009

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Last Minute Scrap

There was only one fight tonight.  With 41 seconds left in the Blue Jackets-Flames game Mark Giordano put a hit on Derek Dorsett.  Dorsett wasn’t too thrilled about it and followed Giordano to return the favor when the whistle blew.  They dropped the gloves and Giordano got in a few punches before wrestling Dorsett down.  Not the typical Dorsett fight.

World pimpin’ leader

The site got a quick shout from ESPN’s SportsNation today.

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Videos added

Derek Dorsett vs Mark Giordano Oct 20, 2009
Martin Lapointe vs Ole-Kristian Tollefsen Dec 31, 2006
Taylor Pyatt vs Steve Staios Dec 30, 2006
Jeff Cowan vs Jean-Francois Jacques Dec 30, 2006
Grant Marshall vs Jamie Allison Jan 23, 2000
Jeff Brubaker vs Barry Beck Mar 14, 1981
Norm Barnes vs Tom Laidlaw Mar 14, 1981

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Relentless Rick Rypien

Rick Rypien loads up on Zach Stortini
Rick Rypien loads up on Zach Stortini. AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jimmy Jeong

Rick Rypien took on Zack Stortini last night and skated away with a solid win, again.  The two met up towards the end of last season and had a similar fight, with Rypien tossing everything he had at the tough guy for the rival Oilers.

The debate around Rypien has moved from how good he is within his weightclass to how good he is versus anyone.  His record this season is flawless.

Stortini is clearly trying to change his style and has taken a few expected lumps doing so, but has also won over some fans in the process.

Edmonton beat the Canucks 2-1 in a game that had a frenzy of a finish with a possible tying-goal just a split-second too late.

Normally I crop the photos some here, but the one above is just too good.  Great shot Mr. Jeong.

Zombie needs more grit

Adam Proteau has a few fun quotes from Rob Zombie, who unsurprisingly thinks the game should be marketed differently:

“For a while there I was friends with so many guys on the Kings, we’d hang out, and you can see the spirit of the players is the same, it’s just the way they market it that’s different now,” Zombie said. “I don’t know if it’s because of the big dollars and family entertainment, but in recent years they’ve used pictures of the Kings (ice) girls with cutoff shirts to promote (the team). I was like, ?What the f—-?’

“What the Kings should have done ? and the NHL can use this slogan if they like ?? was take somebody like Ian Laperriere when he was still on the team, have a big portrait of his face, smiling with no teeth and his big, messed-up nose, and the slogan ? ?You think you’re tough? KINGS.’

Video added

Rick Rypien vs Zack Stortini Oct 19, 2009

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McGrattan’s Trick, Boogaard Returns

Brian McGrattan fights Darcy Hordichuk
Brian McGrattan fights Darcy Hordichuk. AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh

Brian McGrattan had a monster night Friday.  After sending Darcy Hordichuk to the ice just minutes into the game he notched a goal and an assist in the second period to complete the Gordie Howe Hat Trick.

Tanner Glass and Brandon Prust had a good bout at the same time as McGrattan and Hordi.  Later in the game Rick Rypien also took on Prust.  Like McGrattan, Rypien picked up his first goal of the season and Prust chipped in with two assists for the Flames.  A solid night overall for the tough guys.

Boogaard’s return

Derek Boogaard played his first game Friday night.  He was a -1 with 2 PIMs in 6:28 against the Oilers.

An Avs-Wings fight, really

While still promoted as a rivalry, there hasn’t been much hatred between Colorado and Detroit in some time.  Nothing happened to re-spark it Saturday, but there was a real (and pretty good) fight in the Avs-Wings game between Cody McLeod and Brad May.

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Ryane Clowe vs Tim Jackman Oct 17, 2009
Cody McLeod vs Brad May Oct 17, 2009 x2
B.J. Crombeen vs Mike Brown Oct 17, 2009
Johnny Boychuk vs Paul Bissonnette Oct 17, 2009
Andrew Alberts vs David Clarkson Oct 17, 2009
Rick Rypien vs Brandon Prust Oct 16, 2009
Tanner Glass vs Brandon Prust Oct 16, 2009
Darcy Hordichuk vs Brian McGrattan Oct 16, 2009
Ian Laperriere vs Bryan Allen Oct 16, 2009
Daniel Carcillo vs Gregory Campbell Oct 16, 2009
Tim Jackman vs Paul Gaustad Oct 16, 2009
Eric Boulton vs Andrew Peters Oct 16, 2009 x2

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Sens and Bolts Battle

Chris Neil takes an elbow from Matt Walker
Chris Neil takes an elbow from Matt Walker. AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick

Is there such a thing as an expansion rivalry?  No?  Well, either way, the Senators were all over the Lightning on the scoreboard and the Bolts battled back the only way they could, with hard, chippy play.

It was 4-0 by the time the gloves hit the ice in the second period and Matt Walker had a go with Chris Neil.  It was the first major for each player this season and Neil tried to keep the crowd into it as he skated off.  Zenon Konopka and Chris Phillips emerged from a scrum at the end of the second period.  The third and final fight was midway through the third period when Matt Carkner handled Steve Downie easily.

Videos added

Steve Downie vs Matt Carkner Oct 15, 2009 x2
Zenon Konopka vs Chris Phillips Oct 15, 2009 x2
Matt Walker vs Chris Neil Oct 15, 2009 x2

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Coastal Blows

Laraque gets his drink off
They make it rain differently in Canada, eh? Photo: Eva Blue

There were just a couple of fights last night, one one each coast.

Aaron Voros tangled with Sean O’Donnell in New York immediately after Brian Boyle scored against his old team.

Over in Anaheim Shane Hnidy took on, and took some punches from Evgeny Artyukhin.  Arty had the shield on, but he wasn’t looking for the fight, nor did he have a real chance to remove it.  Still, once the punches started going, it didn’t seem like Hnidy had a chance being the smaller, exposed fighter.

Liquor Laraque

Georges Laraque is getting into trouble over an ad he did for an alcoholic energy drink.  Or is he? Greg Wyshynski throws some common sense into the “controversy”:

To be honest, our crap detectors are going off a little here, because the outrage wasn’t sourced to any group and because the timing of it seems ... well, convenient, given the ad campaign is two weeks old and could no doubt use a boost.

This is a man who supports any cause you can possibly think of and apologized for appearing in the ad.

“I didn’t know anything about the script when I came to the set. I did what they asked me to do, I did it to raise funds (for charity), I’m sorry if it upset some people,” he said.

The ad itself, which can be seen after the jump, is your standard T&A sales pitch in music video-style.  Anyone offended by it better stay far, far away from television in general.

Videos added

Shane Hnidy vs Evgeny Artyukhin Oct 14, 2009 x2
Sean O’Donnell vs Aaron Voros Oct 14, 2009 x2
Matt Hendricks vs Garnet Exelby Oct 13, 2009
David Koci vs Colton Orr Oct 13, 2009
Brandon Prust vs Jared Boll Oct 13, 2009

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Grant Only Pred With Fight

Zack Stortini fights Triston Grant
Zack Stortini fights Triston Grant. AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

Predators fans didn’t have much to cheer about last night, getting thumped 6-1 by the OilersTriston Grant gave the home crowd something to get out of their seats for.  Grant, in his first regular season NHL fight since 2006-07, took on Zack Stortini.  Stortini swung openly and landed a few to open up the fight.  The linesmen stood back and Grant was able to make it a fight before the tired out and were escorted to their respective penalty boxes.

Game of the night was easily the Flames blowing a five-goal lead to the Blackhawks.  The game was in Chicago and the crowd was great.  Brent Seabrook scored the sixth goal for the Hawks, and the game-winner in OT.  There was one fight in the game.  Calgary captain Jarome Iginla was in control in a scrap against Troy Brouwer.  Unfortunately for the Flames, it could not stop Chicago’s momentum.

A couple of heavyweights dropped the gloves in Madison Square Garden.  Donald Brashear and Colton Orr went head-to-head for the seventh time in the NHL.  The previous six times Orr was in the Rangers jersey.  Brashear is still working on winning over the hometown crowd.

Videos added

Paul Bissonnette vs Jody Shelley Oct 12, 2009 x2
Jarome Iginla vs Troy Brouwer Oct 12, 2009
Zack Stortini vs Triston Grant Oct 12, 2009 x2
Colton Orr vs Donald Brashear Oct 12, 2009
David Clarkson vs Chris Clark Oct 12, 2009
Raitis Ivanans vs Joel Rechlicz Oct 12, 2009 x2

More video tweaks

The minors videos page was added.  Note that it doesn’t include the AHL, which has its own page.  Also, on fight pages with more than one video (such as anything marked “x2” above), the second video was widened to go across both of the right-hand columns.

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Brad May, the Other Power Play

Jarome Iginla fights Ethan Moreau
Jarome Iginla cocks back on Ethan Moreau, but holds up. AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jimmy Jeong

The classic Red Wings-Blackhawks rivalry actually saw a fight. The fighting major, a rare occurrence in Detroit nowadays, happened thanks to Brad May, who signed yesterday.

May’s opponent was the willing Czech Radek Smolenak.  May did well against the young Hawk and no one could have been happier than Mickey Redmond.  Hopefully there will be more clips posted with his voice on them.

Hit ‘em, drop ‘em

A couple of fights were spawned from big hits.  Zenon Konopka checked Matt Halischuk hard, almost from behind.  Bryce Salvador then quickly went over to Konpoka in response.  In Buffalo Patrick Kaleta laid out Petr PruchaMartin Hanzal stepped up for the Coyotes and received a PIMs package worthy of Dave Schultz for his efforts.

Another size mismatch

Similar to last night, we have another match-up with a big size disparity.  Derek Dorsett took on Frazer McLaren.  Unlike the other night, both players are experienced with their gloves off.  Dorsett took advantage of McLaren being tied up in his jersey as long as he could, but eventually the big man got his arm free to land some good shots of his own.  The fight was shortly after Ryane Clowe handled Michael Blunden easily.

Videos added

Derek Dorsett vs Frazer McLaren Oct 8, 2009 x2
Michael Blunden vs Ryane Clowe Oct 8, 2009 x2
Radek Smolenak vs Brad May Oct 8, 2009 x2
Jarome Iginla vs Ethan Moreau Oct 8, 2009
Martin Hanzal vs Patrick Kaleta Oct 8, 2009
Bryce Salvador vs Zenon Konopka Oct 8, 2009
Craig Adams vs Ian Laperriere Oct 8, 2009

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