Calgary is now 4-0 versus Edmonton this season. One game was decided in OT. There has been a fight in each game and a total of nine for the four games.
The two teams play again New Year’s Eve.
Last night’s action started off with an unlikely pair of Dustin Boyd and Andrew Cogliano. It was Boyd’s first NHL scrap and his first since playing in the WHL four years ago. For Cogliano, it was his first professional fighting major. He played two NCAA seasons for Michigan before jumping to the NHL in 2007-08.
Aaron Johnson vs Ryan Stone Dec 28, 2009
Robyn Regehr vs Steve Staios Dec 28, 2009
Jarome Iginla vs Ladislav Smid Dec 28, 2009
Dustin Boyd vs Andrew Cogliano Dec 28, 2009
Chris Thorburn vs David Clarkson Dec 28, 2009
Eric Boulton vs Andrew Peters Dec 28, 2009
Byron Bitz vs Zenon Konopka Dec 28, 2009
Doug Janik vs Alexandre Picard Dec 28, 2009
Brad May vs Jared Boll Dec 28, 2009
Tanner Glass vs Brandon Prust Dec 27, 2009
Kevin Bieksa vs Eric Nystrom Dec 27, 2009
Craig Rivet vs B.J. Crombeen Dec 27, 2009
Merry Christmas everyone. The NHL is on a two-day break. Hopefully many of you have your own break as well, enjoying some time off, even if you don’t celebrate the holiday.
A quick recap of the last few days:
- Clayton Stoner easily handled Ryan Stone last night. Stoner is trying to make an impression with the big club. It was his second fight in three days.
- Shea Weber doesn’t fight a ton, but looks very strong when he does. Ryan Kesler was on the wrong end of it Tuesday night.
- Ian Laperriere fought three times Monday night against the Panthers. The Panthers went into the game with the expectation of gloves hitting the ice.
Martin Hanzal had a decent scrap with Jared Boll Monday night. Boll wound up landing a clean shot towards the end, cutting Hanzal’s nose. Hanzal, who has as many fights in his career as Boll has in a month, was asked about why he fought:
“When you see somebody going after one of your skill players, you better protect him or at least try to protect him,” Hanzal said. “...That’s the NHL.”
Michael Blunden vs Brian Sutherby Dec 23, 2009
Ryan Stone vs Clayton Stoner Dec 23, 2009
Sheldon Souray vs Owen Nolan Dec 23, 2009
Matt Carkner vs Craig Adams Dec 23, 2009
Chris Neil vs Michael Rupp Dec 23, 2009
Shea Weber vs Ryan Kesler Dec 22, 2009 x2
Kyle Chipchura vs Matt Hendricks Dec 22, 2009
Frazer McLaren vs Bryan Bickell Dec 22, 2009
Jared Boll vs Martin Hanzal Dec 21, 2009
Marc Methot vs Paul Bissonnette Dec 21, 2009
Darryl Sydor vs Ethan Moreau Dec 21, 2009 x2
Brad Winchester vs Jean-Francois Jacques Dec 21, 2009 x2
B.J. Crombeen vs Zack Stortini Dec 21, 2009 x2
Chris Durno vs Clayton Stoner Dec 21, 2009
Dennis Seidenberg vs Ian Laperriere Dec 21, 2009
Mike Duco vs Ian Laperriere Dec 21, 2009
Bryan McCabe vs Mike Richards Dec 21, 2009
Gregory Campbell vs Ian Laperriere Dec 21, 2009
Jackets’ nemesis is Boll’s best bud
Flyers getting booed and booed
Over the Glass and Into Hockey Lore
Faulty propane torch may have caused Wild’s truck blaze
The nice guys of hockey
Consistency a present for Canucks faithful?
Brian McGrattan‘s been dishing out some hard shots ever since Derek Boogaard sent him to the ice. Both David Koci and Wade Belak have been on the receiving end of some nasty rights over the past week.
McGrattan’s had a solid season overall.
Chris Clark vs Steve Staios Dec 19, 2009
Gregory Campbell vs Tom Kostopoulos Dec 19, 2009
Wade Belak vs Brian McGrattan Dec 19, 2009
Brad May vs Krys Barch Dec 19, 2009
Blair Jones vs Carlo Colaiacovo Dec 18, 2009
Brad Maxwell vs Stan Jonathan Apr 9, 1981
Rudy Poeschek vs Darin Kimble Feb 25, 1989
Johnny Boychuk’s check hits sore spot
Hendricks will hit ice (fishing) during break
Todd Bertuzzi signing pays dividends for Wings
Flyers players deny problems in locker room
Douglas Murray, Scott Nichol lead San Jose Sharks’ hit parade
Top 10 Hockey Enforcers of the Decade, GoonBlog-style
Anaheim and Vancouver played a tight game last night. Twice the Ducks would take a lead only to have the Canucks tie it up before Saku Koivu scored with under five minutes left in the game to put Anaheim up for good.
Ryan Getzlaf scored a controversial goal mid-way through the second. With the Vancouver players and fans upset, Shane O’Brien challenged Kyle Chipchura off the ensuing faceoff for the first fight of the night.
None of the other seven games in the NHL last night had a fight.
Koci suspension coming?
“Please, the guy [Koci] has one goal in six years. He couldn’t play in the American League,” Boudreau said. “I’ve faced David Koci a lot. He might be a nice guy—I have no idea. I’m glad he’s making a living. Let’s be honest if this was any [other] game he gets on the ice in the first three minutes, gets into his fight and then he sits at the end of the bench, so what good is he?
“I mean, [for] 15 feet he saw Green’s No. 52 and it didn’t stop him one iota from hitting him in the back and going for his head. I hope they throw the book at him. It was a bush-league hit.”
The Capitals cut Brandon Sugden from the team this preseason. The team let Donald Brashear sign with New York as a free agent. Rumor has it the Caps were interested in one enforcer this past offseason, big Derek Boogaard, but Wild GM Chuck Fletcher wouldn’t bite.
George Parros vs Darcy Hordichuk Dec 16, 2009
Kyle Chipchura vs Shane O’Brien Dec 16, 2009
John Erskine vs David Koci Dec 15, 2009 x2
Raitis Ivanans vs Jean-Francois Jacques Dec 15, 2009
Brandon Prust vs Cam Janssen Dec 15, 2009
Daniel Carcillo vs Craig Adams Dec 15, 2009
Riley Cote vs Eric Godard Dec 15, 2009
Arron Asham vs Michael Rupp Dec 15, 2009
Adam Mair vs Ryan O’Byrne Dec 14, 2009
Matt Carkner vs Colton Orr Dec 14, 2009
It’s never easy picking “the best”, but everyone loves a good list. When Puck Daddy asked me to pick the best fights of the decade, it was a challenge I had to take on.
So here’s my top 10 of the decade. The abbreviated version is after the jump.
What was your favorite from the past ten years?
Derek Boogaard is cementing his spot atop the NHL heavyweights. Last night he dropped Brian McGrattan with a hard right to the side of the head. It was Boogaard’s fourth fight of the season. He’s been voted the winner in all, and two were quite dominating performances. McGrattan has now been in eight fights this season. Not one to fight defensively, four of those fights appear on the top 25 of 2009-10.
Biggest middleweight in the league
Derek Boogaard vs Brian McGrattan Dec 11, 2009
Jean-Francois Jacques vs B.J. Crombeen Dec 11, 2009
Corey Perry vs Justin Abdelkader Dec 11, 2009
Boris Valabik vs Rick Rypien Dec 10, 2009
Chris Thorburn vs Tanner Glass Dec 10, 2009
Jamal Mayers vs Mark Stuart Dec 10, 2009
I’m getting back into the swing of things, so to speak. Virtually all caught up on NHL video, just need to keep catching up on sleep.
Colby Armstrong vs Curtis Glencross Dec 9, 2009
Zack Stortini vs Zenon Konopka Dec 9, 2009
Ryan Stone vs Steve Downie Dec 9, 2009
Zack Stortini vs Zenon Konopka Dec 9, 2009
Krys Barch vs Sheldon Brookbank Dec 8, 2009
I’ll be taking a short break this weekend. What this means for the site: NHL videos won’t be posted until Sunday or Monday.
The rest of the videos will be updated as they normally are.
Answers to emails may also be delayed while I’m gone.
Scott Burnside comments on Ovechkin’s statement that he doesn’t plan on changing his style of play:
Next time, it will be four or five games. Then more. Campbell has established the pattern, and Ovechkin is now a convicted felon, at least in Campbell’s books, and repeat offenders always pay a steeper price. Or at least that’s how it’s supposed to work.
That’s how it worked for Georges. However, this wasn’t the first time Cooke was suspended.
“The big thing this year is head shots and what the league is going to do about it, but to me it?s pretty simple,” Tortorella said. “There’s no fear at all [of] retribution.
“That’s why there’s more violence. Guys hide behind the rule book.”
Don Cherry‘s thoughts were similar in an interview with the National Post.
Wade Belak vs Derek Boogaard Dec 2, 2009
Chris Stewart vs Bryan Allen Dec 2, 2009
Matt Carkner vs Frazer McLaren Dec 1, 2009
Raitis Ivanans vs George Parros Dec 1, 2009
Cody McLeod vs Zenon Konopka Nov 30, 2009
Steve Montador vs Jamal Mayers Nov 30, 2009
Brian McGrattan vs Wade Belak Nov 30, 2009
Laperriere: Flyers’ warrior solid on ice
Steve Downie changing his game for the better
Leafs’ Colton Orr breaks goose egg
Big PAWS can score, fight and defend
In another time, Neely may have been a Flyer
George Parros blog: giving thanks and disarming ‘armpit’ jokes