Laperriere won this one no question, but what was that cheap crap shot at the end from Laperriere when Phaneuf was down on the ice and had his jersey over his head? I thought Laperriere was better than that garbage. P.S Phaneuf manhandled Laperierre earlier in the season, so I guess Lappy needed to handle his business before the end of the season. And who is that jabroni that always tosses a vote for the losing fighter? Buddy I don't know what hockey game you watched but Phaneuf DID NOT WIN, so until these losers figure out what winning a hockey fight means they should maybe watch ringette or something.
I don't know if you guys realize this or not but Phaneuf hardly ever fights, he's the big hitter who goes and does his job as well as play amazing defense. The only time he fights is when he gets jumped like he did here.
Some of you who claim to know about hockey, obviously weren't watching this. Arnason was not "skating with his head down"- his head was up and his back was turned when Phaneuf cheap shoted him in the head. Lappy did what you are supposed to do in that situation and stood up for his teammate. Once they fought, (and no- lappy didn't come up from behind like some of you are alledging) Lappy got in a great right to Phaneuf's dome that really was the best shot in the fight. Phaneuf is one of the true great young defensemen in the game, and is by far the best open ice hitter now that Scott Stevens is gone; however, he needs to quit cheap hits like this one, in a meaningless game. It is beneath him. He should also quit diving like the "triple lundy" he took the last time these two teams played. Very beer league hockey of him.
If only Sheriff Scott Parker was out there... Dion would still be hearing the bells! He never got a chance since the trade. I bet the Wings are breathing a sigh of relief that the hottest team in the NHL fell one point short, and instead get to beat up on the back-door Flamers.
Lappy won handily. Kudos to him for sticking up for a teammate. Great team guy who takes on the tough, dirty job despite being more of a middleweight (physically).
That being said, the hit, IMO, was legal. He was skating with his head down, looking at the puck. His body was slightly turned, but I don't think it was a hit from behind. It looked to me like Arnason was looking to pass or shoot the puck (puck even ended up on the defenseman's stick, who was a few feet in front of Arnason) after the hit. I don't know why Phaneuf got a charging call.