January 03, 2008
2nd Period - 9:33
2007-2008 Regular Season
Voting Results
Jarkko Ruutu 90.7% (419 votes)
Darcy Tucker 4.1% (19 votes)
Draw 5.2% (24 votes)

Past User Reviews
Posted by Ryan44 on January 04, 2008 at 04:49 AM

Good I love Ruutu. Great punches at the end of the fight. Ruutu is a tough customer. He should really fight more!!!!

Posted by Jake98 on January 04, 2008 at 04:50 AM

Ruutu was controling the fight. He landed better punches. Tuckers left eye were cut. Ruutu with clear win.

Posted by aces50 on January 04, 2008 at 08:53 AM

Can you say "Fight of the Year" Great punches thrown by both players. Bomb after bomb landed on each others head. Ruutu gets my vote for landed more punches. I watched this one on the TV last night. Tucker was bleeding and would not go to the dressing room to get it fixed up.

Posted by The Peach on January 04, 2008 at 04:00 PM

ruutu threw everything but the 3-finger shocker. tucker is a tough little pest, he took some jackhammers to the side of the head but stayed up.

Posted by cashman rules on January 05, 2008 at 10:27 AM

Beatdown win for ruutu,tucker sucks!!

Posted by powerball on January 04, 2008 at 07:10 PM

Maybe the canadian press will know that ruutu CAN fight.

Posted by slav on January 04, 2008 at 05:41 PM

These guys are both punks, which is why I think they are made for each other. I don't like either one of them, but i give them credit for putting on one of the best fights this season. Great job!! ( Zack Stortini should watch this so he could understand what a hockey fight is compared to what he is out there trying to doing...)

Posted by BattleAxe13 on January 04, 2008 at 08:43 AM

Ruutu beat the sh*t out of him. One of the FSN statisticians counted 25 landed for Ruutu and 10 for Darcy F*cker and Darcy was opened up. I love it when that punk Tucker gets his @$$ handed to him. Pure win for Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuutuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!

Posted by craig_9806 on January 04, 2008 at 05:16 AM

Got to love watching Tucker get punched in the face over and over.

Posted by BrewGuy on January 10, 2008 at 01:40 PM

I'm surprised this one is so lopsided in Ruutu's favor in the voting. It was pretty close. I had to call it a draw. Those shots Ruutuu gets in at the end were solid, but Tucker landed a bunch at the start as well. Very good fight.

Posted by IMPEACH on January 05, 2008 at 06:49 AM

I thought Tucker landed the best punch in the beginning; Ruutu turned away and looked like he would quit, but he came back and landed some nice shots, although they didn't seem to hurt Tucker much. Hate both of these guys... fun fight to watch.

Posted by The Big Easy on January 05, 2008 at 09:53 AM

Tale of the tape as listed on NHL.com. Ruutu 6'1" 200lbs, Tucker 5'10" 178lbs. Ruutu lands a few at the end but with nothing on them cause if there were something on them a 22lb lighter Tucker would have went down. Tucker knew this and stood in there. Not sure how this one got scored so lopsided. Love to see Tucker fight someone his own size. Good fight made better by a tough in your face Tucker.

Posted by datafortress on January 09, 2008 at 02:46 AM

Kudos to Tucker for stepping up and fighting the larger opponent. Ruutu has at least 25lbs and 2" on him. All the Tucker haters (mental midgets)can rot...the guy has a heart bigger than most in the league and unlike the majority of the antagonists in the league he will drop the gloves against pretty much anyone. I was as surprised as the next guy to see Ruutu finally drop the gloves nevermind throw down and damn he can fight. I've watched the fight over and over and I would have to call it "very close" with a slight edge going to Ruutu.

Posted by mjb_17 on January 04, 2008 at 01:25 PM

This was a great fight....if anything a SLIGHT edge to Ruutu. Nobody can say Ruutu beat the shit out of Tucker, they both traided big bombs and put up a good show!

Posted by steakbelly8000 on January 04, 2008 at 09:59 AM

Great scrap... Definite draw... (and I'm objective, because I hate BOTH players *LOL*)

Posted by mr putzoo on January 04, 2008 at 05:32 AM

Ruutu easy win sparked the Penquins to an easy win

Posted by wallysy1 on January 06, 2008 at 11:38 AM

holy crp!! not sure how its possible to not have gone down --either one of them. I dont like tucker--but my level of respect just rose . Any guy who can take those shots is a man.

Posted by trpaulson on January 04, 2008 at 06:13 PM

Ruutu landed more punches. Say what you like about Tucker, he's got guts. Nice to see a Ruutu actually fight and not just give cheap shots.

Posted by Prazi on January 05, 2008 at 09:26 AM


Posted by coffeetime99 on January 04, 2008 at 04:46 PM

ouch! Tucker tried to get back in it at the end, but just ate more knuckles. the Leafs suck beyond belief this year. Tucker is one of the only guys out there that cares enough to drop the mitts, maybe he should stop though...

Posted by billy jack on January 06, 2008 at 05:07 PM

has ruutu fought any one bigger then 5,10,if tucker had a bit more size he could of went toe toe but giveing up all that size all the bacd oor bandit ruutu had to do was keep him at arms length.

Posted by tpaloranta on January 04, 2008 at 06:30 AM

Nice fight. Hop we`ll see this more form Ruutu during this season. (Finnish)Hyvä mylly. Toivottavasti näitä nähdään lähiaikoina lisää.

Posted by NedBraden24 on January 11, 2008 at 07:57 PM

tucker ought to feel a ton of shame.

Posted by Jointman on January 04, 2008 at 05:21 AM

win Ruutu

Posted by njteech on January 04, 2008 at 05:49 AM

Hope Tucker's face isn't tooo banged up...

Posted by markirvine on January 04, 2008 at 12:38 PM

Nice to see Side Show Bob get thumped, to bad it was by a guy who is almost as big an idiot as he is.

Posted by the4thliner on January 06, 2008 at 08:22 PM

I never get tired of watching Darcy Tucker get beaten down. The guy's a pest. A flea. A fly weight. Jarkko may be a pest and all too but at least when it counts he can throw a little... Tucker, he's just a pest.

Posted by Defmincex13 on January 04, 2008 at 09:32 PM

who is giving this fight a 8.9???? this was more like a 7. Cote's 2 big fights this year blow this one out of the water and there like 8.5's

Posted by The Ripper on January 06, 2008 at 12:41 PM

Really good bout...its no fight of the year

Posted by Elbows on January 06, 2008 at 04:08 PM

If you look closely at the fight again, you'll notice that tucker was punching ruutu's shoulder. he couldn't reach his head. ruutu clear winner and tucker was again, pummelled. good on him.

Posted by Joe Mack on January 04, 2008 at 05:16 PM

Its nice to see tucker going after someone bigger than kovalev. it didnt work out to well for him though.

Posted by oilersfansylvan on January 09, 2008 at 08:22 PM

I'm stunned

Posted by Art24 on January 06, 2008 at 06:35 AM

Ruutu had more control in this one, and despite starting slow, he ended up with throwing the cleanest punches

Posted by iraqvet on January 04, 2008 at 03:53 PM

I can't stand the penguins, but I really hate Tucker! Good Fight. Ruutu with the nice win.

Posted by boxxy161 on January 05, 2008 at 12:26 PM

watching tucker get hit in face is great

Posted by Big_Goon on January 04, 2008 at 11:13 PM

Where are all the Leaf homers on this one??? Kudo's to the Leaf fans for acknowledging a loss! I thought the fight was close based on the clip provided. Win Ruutu.

Posted by Mack Seaton on January 04, 2008 at 08:32 AM

Sideshow Tucker loses another one.

Posted by tormakesmelaugh on January 04, 2008 at 02:14 PM

Ruutu with the win..but didn't "destroy" him as some said..was pretty even in my eyes with Ruutu landing more..and Tucker wasn't cut if he was its a rule he has to get fixed ..they wouldn't have let him stay in the box...obviously no cut..check the rule book..may have been scuffed and sure surpising he wasn't bleeding...but great fight by 2 a$$holes that I enjoyed beating on each other...

Posted by BruinBlood on January 04, 2008 at 01:47 PM

Good fight between 2 of the Biggest Asses in the league, I don't know who I hate more.....but fight was won in the end by Jerkko.

Posted by The DZA on January 04, 2008 at 06:45 AM

"I love Ruutu" ?!?!?!?

Posted by christopho on January 04, 2008 at 12:40 PM

great middle weight scrap!!!!!!!!!!edge to ruutu,very strong finnish!!!!!!

Posted by pogo619 on January 05, 2008 at 12:14 AM

Not a big Ruutu fan but man I loved seeing Tucker get his ass handed to him..... That was good seeing Tucker beat Ruutu's hand with his face.....LOL

Posted by oakley on January 04, 2008 at 07:37 AM

Very close until Ruutu gets loose at the end. Tucker took all of those face shots well, though. Nice fight.

Posted by grappler11 on January 09, 2008 at 04:26 PM

great fight, two tough middle weights hammering each other. best fight i have seen all season. edge to ruutu, congrats to both. great fight

Posted by Gambino19 on January 04, 2008 at 04:24 PM

I have hated Tucker since his WHL days... This was a pleasure to watch.

Posted by KORPI24 on January 06, 2008 at 02:31 AM

Can you revoke registrations for anyone that voted for Tucker ?

Posted by SCOTTSO on January 04, 2008 at 07:37 AM


Posted by tappaja on January 04, 2008 at 10:45 AM

Nice beating by Ruutu the little Fucker gets pretty good cut in his left eyebrow everybody who watch that match in tv seeing that

Posted by CitizenKein on January 04, 2008 at 06:39 AM

Nice fight, although nobody of these two has a KO punch in them. Ruutu with the win for better finishing.

Posted by truej1 on January 04, 2008 at 10:13 AM

I hate both of these ugly, pests....but Ruutu looked good against the smaller apponent that he could control and get position on.

Posted by dudelink on January 04, 2008 at 08:08 AM

Sweet fight. Tucker can take a punch.

Posted by Sasky001 on January 05, 2008 at 12:06 AM

The only problem with this fight was that Tucker was able to skate off after such a beating.

Posted by mclean1907 on March 23, 2009 at 02:08 AM

The fights starts off slow but turns into a one on one brawl! You gotta take one to give one. Great fight!

Posted by donkinbuck on January 07, 2008 at 11:59 AM

i know everyone hate Tucker but being the smaller of the 2 i call it a draw go leafs go haha tucker haters!!

Posted by UKhockeyFan on January 04, 2008 at 02:13 PM

not sure which fight you were watching NoKnuckles, "Ruutu landed a few more" He DOUBLED Tuckers output, 25 shots for ruutu, only 10 tucker. He absolutely battered tucker. To the point at which tucker was embarressed to go get stitched up. I am however bias as i support the pens but take nothing away from the way Ruutu Controlled tucker and still manage to pound him down. As for the stupid saps who voted Tucker the winner...i have no idea what you were watching. BEST FIGHT THIS SEASON!

Posted by rocky7482 on January 04, 2008 at 06:03 PM

OMG I am still laughing out loud. It is great watching Tucker get his face punched in! Reminds me of me demoing bozo the clown when I was 5 years old!

Posted by Wolf_eyes on May 29, 2008 at 02:29 AM

Wow. I can't believe Tucker didnt break his eye socket.

Posted by eggers on January 05, 2008 at 12:00 PM

I love seeing Tucker get fed his lunch. I just wish it would shut him up but it never does.

Posted by biglite351 on January 04, 2008 at 07:31 AM

Tucker appeared to be trying to just hang on. I do not think he expected Ruutu to actually fight as he did. Ruutu was giving it 110%. Props to Tucker though for not going down. It ended with Ruutu being too tired to continue and Tucker just happy to be standing.

Posted by rudyk on January 04, 2008 at 10:54 AM

Tucker's face looked like a pound of groud round for the rest of the game. If Tucker was liked by even the linesmen they'd have stopped it earlier.

Posted by dardevle on January 04, 2008 at 11:57 AM

Incredible fight. Incredible atmosphere at the game. (Yes i was one of the people chanting RUUUUUUUUTUUUU.) I believe that fight earned him the third star.

Posted by DatsyukMalkin on January 04, 2008 at 03:45 PM

Great Fight Ruuuuuuuuuutu! Good fight all around.. but JarkKO definately got the best of Tucker. Good to see. =)

Posted by Sublimezx on January 07, 2008 at 10:45 AM

I love seeing both these dirty divers get there faces beat in. A couple of cowards fight!

Posted by puttin on foil on February 23, 2008 at 12:25 AM

Nice to see Tucker finally get his. NO GOON DOMI AROUND ANYMORE?

Posted by Miicko9 on January 05, 2008 at 03:18 PM

This one of the best Pens fights this year. Ruutu is proving thats he can hold his own against the NHL.

Posted by [email protected] on January 05, 2008 at 10:32 AM

Even though I'm a huge Tucker fan, I give the slight edge to Ruutu but it was a very close toe to toe battle.

Posted by leecar158 on January 04, 2008 at 01:26 PM

Terrific fight, love to see the Scandinavians getting into it!!!

Posted by Bloodbank on January 04, 2008 at 07:09 AM

Two pests going at it. Tucker with the early action. Ruutu comes back and feeds Tucker. Tucker is game and gets pounded in the late going. Tucker off to see the cut man. Great candidate for FOTY. Clear decision = Ruutu

Posted by slshbleed on January 04, 2008 at 08:01 AM

Tucker isn't very big, but he can fight ok. He picks his spots pretty well most of the time. Ruutu is not a heavy but can fight. This was dangerous territory for Tucker because Ruutu knows how to get into position to land good shots.

Posted by madlee on April 05, 2008 at 06:50 PM

too bad they didn't knock each out. DRAW.

Posted by billsandsabres on January 06, 2008 at 12:16 PM

can't stand either player, but gotta hand it to tucker for taking on a much bigger guy and plenty of big shots.

Posted by Riomouse911 on January 04, 2008 at 03:46 PM

That was worth the price of admission!

Posted by 3430 on January 09, 2008 at 01:06 PM

That's certainly (for the moment) the best fight of the year...Win for Ruutu but Tucker gives some good punches too...

Posted by Nahlsy on January 04, 2008 at 04:54 AM

Ruutu destroyed Tucker, using Darcy's face as a speedbag towards the end of the fight. Total domination and a standing 8 count to Tucker for no longer defending himself at the end of the fight and having to get rescued by the linesmen.

Posted by dansal55 on January 05, 2008 at 02:15 PM

Don Cherry's nightmare. A Finn beating the daylights out of a Canadian boy. And a Maple Leaf, no less. Tucker's lucky Ruutu didn't get the right going until late in the fight. Wish I got to see this sooner. Someone else said it, can't see enough of Tucker getting shots to the face and head.

Posted by rebjjjjj on January 04, 2008 at 08:29 PM

Ruutu is the winner!! they both threw alot of punches but Ruutu landed a few more and hit Tucker right on the noggin a couple of times...NICE FIGHT!!

Posted by jgoodreau on January 16, 2008 at 05:14 PM

Any time tucker gets punched in the head I love it. Buy Ruutu a beer

Posted by billybob_wag on January 04, 2008 at 03:17 PM

Wow what a great fight. Back and forth. It wasn't a heavyweight fight but it was just as good.

Posted by Tony Esposito on January 04, 2008 at 09:00 PM

I would pay good money to have been able to trade spots with Ruutu and get to punch that rat that many times in the face.

Posted by Killah_punk on January 04, 2008 at 06:39 AM

Great fight by 2 pests. Great effort by both, win Ruutu.

Posted by lefevre2 on January 04, 2008 at 04:25 PM

Great fight; definitely one of the best this year. Both guys got some good shots in early, but then Ruutu got the advantage and started wailing away on Tucker's face and head. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

Posted by jbart321 on January 04, 2008 at 07:06 AM

How can anyone say Tucker won this fight? Ruutu landed many more punches. Awesome fight.

Posted by JDForCommish on January 05, 2008 at 05:37 PM

Great fight between 2 guys everyone hates. they battled and each got in good shots with an edge to ruutuu for the strong finish he had. Ruutuu, Tucker, Avery, Tootoo are the guys that make this such a fun sport to watch.

Posted by Uncle Paulie on January 04, 2008 at 03:27 PM

Tucker ate so many rights, he was begging for a left. I hate Tucker and his "angry eyes" routine. Ooooo .... scary.

Posted by buddha on January 07, 2008 at 09:34 AM

Fun fight. Ruutu landed and Tucker's face absorbed.

Posted by DetroitIan on January 05, 2008 at 12:02 AM

HAHA! Tucker got beat by Jarkko Ruutu! Didn't see that one coming. Great fight!

Posted by jon. on January 04, 2008 at 10:26 AM

Tucker got his ass handed to him.

Posted by qmchugh on January 05, 2008 at 09:07 AM

Well despite loss I must say Tucker can take a punch to the face over and over and over again. Kind of have a new found respect for the punk.

Posted by FantoMelt on January 04, 2008 at 07:09 AM

Ruutu put it on at the end... just listen to Bob Errey. Darcy Tucker really took a lot of shots in that fight.

Posted by Kepper on January 15, 2008 at 11:19 PM

The yearly beating of a Leaf by a Penguin. Has Newbury woke up from last year yet?

Posted by ballinhockey on February 12, 2008 at 11:07 AM

Ruutu is crazy I'll tell you he knows how to fight and he is freakin good at it no worries Ruutu Won this fight

Posted by groucho on February 15, 2008 at 09:05 PM

3 finger shockers all around.

Posted by learjet60 on February 29, 2008 at 08:18 PM

Great fight by both guys. Ruutu threw some bombs that Tucker caught with his face. I give credit to Tucker for not going for the bail-out tackle that so many guys are doing lately. Ruutu wins, but a good fight for both.

Posted by cppalermo on March 16, 2009 at 04:58 PM

Rutuu as much as I dont like him I dont like tucker more and it was good to see that little #@#! get beat.

Posted by Blues 34 on January 06, 2008 at 04:21 PM

Best middleweight bout of the year. possibly the fight of the year.

Posted by CrossCheck on January 05, 2008 at 12:28 AM

Good to see that bitch punk motherfukcer Tucker get his face punched in. Screw the Leafs and their BJ blowing fans.

Posted by Clark75 on January 04, 2008 at 08:01 PM

I'm so glad you've got the LeafsTV feed up here. I watched the FSN feed, and those commentators are the most ignorant Americans i've ever heard. Tucker landed about 5 or 6 bombs at the begining, but Ruutu came back with about 9 or 10. Tucker deserves alot of credit here. He's fighing a guy that's got 25lbs on him and a 2 inch height advantage as well. This guy will drop'em with the best of them. Can't say the same for Ruutu. I've never seen him fight a guy the same size as him or bigger. Look at Tuckers track record (excluding Patrick Eves lol) Hey Battleaxe, 25 puches for Ruutu is a bit much don't ya think. We know you hate Tucker, so be a little realistic here bud. Should be an honest vote.

Posted by brookbanktuff on January 04, 2008 at 11:42 AM

Attaboy Rooooots

Posted by Soosage on January 07, 2008 at 11:08 PM

Tucker is all mouth. Mine to see him get a fist in it once in awhile!

Posted by shack on January 04, 2008 at 05:17 PM

Definetly one of the top-5 fights of the season so far. My points goes for Ruutu. Killer bombs at the end of the fight.

Posted by hockey doc on January 04, 2008 at 08:15 AM

Tucker got slaughtered, end of story. Ruutu is everybodys hero today.

Posted by mlesin on January 06, 2008 at 08:12 PM

Enjoyed the heck out of that one. Only way it could have been better is if Tu had knocked Tuck into tomorrow. Oh well, I'll bet he still enjoyed tally whacking Darcy in that one.

Posted by powpow on January 08, 2008 at 10:20 AM

TUCKER takes a few hard shots here. Great tilt!

Posted by plum29 on January 05, 2008 at 10:06 PM

great fight! fight of the year???? early candidate for sure. big bombs landed, HUGE win for Ruutu.

Posted by aerotunes on January 06, 2008 at 11:22 AM

Tucker gets his butt kicked big time .... Devils rule ... Flyers su#k!

Posted by dropkick25 on January 04, 2008 at 10:18 PM

Great fight,nice seeing to punks pound each others hollow heads in,Ruutu gets the nod with the strong Finnish(yea I know it's corny)Tucker landed early.Cut the hair and the punches will still hurt but not look as bad.Wish they were all this good.

Posted by kcmuhr on January 05, 2008 at 11:27 AM

Great show, they both were smiling as they threw the first couple punches, which is always nice to see. Ruutu landed more and gets the win on points, but if Tucker would have slowed down early and not wasted the five punches early it may have been a draw, but should be in the running for Fight of the Year. I rank it in my top 10 for 2007-08. Winner Ruutu.

Posted by kbeak on January 04, 2008 at 09:06 PM

What a great fight!! Both players really throwing some hands! Got to give the edge to Ruutu though. He snapped back the head of tucker at least five times during the bout. Props to Tucker who gave up at least 20 pounds to Ruutu.

Posted by mike tyson on January 04, 2008 at 01:34 PM

Move over Brash and Gratts! Best fight I seen this year. Tucker wastes too much energy trying to look Mad and Tough. Winner-Ruutu

Posted by K.O.cur_26 on January 06, 2008 at 09:46 AM

Win Ruutu. Landed ~10 unanswered solid shots to Tucker's mug late in the fight. Tucker was gassed at that point. Was a draw until Ruutu started punding Tucker.

Posted by Dougr on January 04, 2008 at 06:45 PM

FINALLY....a honest to goodness old time hockey fight......good night Darcy....

Posted by scott459 on January 05, 2008 at 12:31 PM

Tucker is getting worse at picking his battles, this guy has fought before! He should stick to fighting finesse players. What happened a, Belak / Laraque, tilt? Wade please speak to Darcy about picking your fights.

Posted by Sasteve1025 on February 12, 2008 at 09:30 AM

I was at that game and it has to be up for fight of the year.

Posted by dmckearn on January 05, 2008 at 12:05 AM

awesome to see two d-bags beat each other's face. though both players are cheapshot artists, at least tucker drops the gloves once and while, unlike ruutu who usually pusses out. edge to ruutu with good shots at the end. this is what NHL fights should be!

Posted by mjdf13 on January 05, 2008 at 04:44 AM

Ruutu!! But props to Tucker. As an Islander fan, I hate his F'n guts, but he took some shots

Posted by dcage on January 05, 2008 at 08:33 PM

If Tucker can't beat a Fin, then he ought to hang it up. Revole his tough card. Ferguson, if you know anything about hockey, you will try and get something for this has been and overpaid player.

Posted by rkan121 on January 04, 2008 at 08:57 AM

an amazing fight that sparked an exciting game! Win Ruutu by a milestone.

Posted by mailman1194 on January 05, 2008 at 09:34 AM

What a fucken fight!!!! Two guys everybody hates, punching the shit out of each other. WIN-WIN situation. Watched it four times, maybe fight of the year. Although Lucic vs. Erskine will have something to say about it. Gave the win to Ruutu because he was really popping Darcy's head back with those punches at the end. Look at Tucker's hair as the punches are landing. To me, that says it all. I've got to watch it again.

Posted by Bassen28 on January 05, 2008 at 03:32 PM

Ruutu landed alot of solid ones!

Posted by bigdog2007 on January 06, 2008 at 09:54 AM

Hahahahahaha...Side Show Bob got owned!! Marcy Darcy should really stop fighting. Hey...when Eaves come back, jump him again...you may have a shot..Hahahaha. That was the fight of the year!!!!

Posted by bigredbaer on January 04, 2008 at 02:25 PM

Great fight with fists flying all over the place. Ruutu actually was throwing body blows, trying to get Tucker to drop his arms so he could get some face shots. Great fight.

Posted by cheetham_8 on January 04, 2008 at 04:14 PM

What a tilt! Tucker loses his cool as usual and again manages to get outpunched. I admire his tenacity, but he just isn't the best fighter.

Posted by bigpucks on January 06, 2008 at 06:51 PM

Ruuto can throw em when he has too. His actual fighting skills are very underrated. Tucker is a light middlewieght.

Posted by TBLightningGuru on February 14, 2008 at 10:26 PM

Nothing i like better than watching Tucker get his ass whooopped

Posted by Ryane Clowe=Sav on January 04, 2008 at 10:31 PM

Ruutu really showed what he is capable of ive never seen him go before but agianst tucker who is on or off he just destroyed tucker

Posted by chapman77 on January 04, 2008 at 02:08 PM

watching ruutu silence the critics and beat the fuck out of tucker was great

Posted by xProbertx on January 04, 2008 at 06:02 AM

Ruutu with the win landed way more punches that landed flush on tuckers skull.Good showing by both players though, was very entertaining to watch.

Posted by mikeuhf on January 04, 2008 at 11:37 AM

Ruutu's beat-down of Tucker was even more impressive because of when Tucker decided to start the fight. The fact that Ruutu was at the end and Tucker was at the beginning of a shift makes this whuppin even more impressive. Time on ice before the fight: Ruutu - 1:02 & Tucker - 0:14.

Posted by rxGPAin84PA on January 06, 2008 at 11:00 PM

Jarkko beat on the Jerkko!! The best part was that the fight sparked the Pens on to beat Leafs. it was nice to see someone on the Pens step up to protect the young superstars!

Posted by swjankovic on January 04, 2008 at 08:56 AM

Awesome. Just Awesome. Only could have been better if it was Blake get the snot beat out of him.

Posted by gnoseb on January 04, 2008 at 07:07 PM

Mr tucker, your ass is ready, see mr ruutu to have it handed to you.

Posted by Infallible on January 07, 2008 at 04:45 AM

haha Darcy you sissy!

Posted by 3283 on January 04, 2008 at 06:03 PM

Ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuutuuuuuuuuuuuu all the way

Posted by garyrissling on January 05, 2008 at 07:50 PM

wow...best fight I can remember ever seeing in person...Ruutu gets the win in a close battle...Darcy Tucker is a warrior. Hopefully Pens will start to give Ruutu more ice time.

Posted by novisorsallowed on January 05, 2008 at 03:00 PM

Ruutuu with the clear victory for landing several more shots than Tucker. I don't care for either of these guys, but it was nice to see 2 guys go toe to toe instead of all the hugfests we've seen this year. Ruutuu gets the victory.

Posted by oneandonlycreg on January 04, 2008 at 09:30 AM

Ruuutu killed him

Posted by Zag36 on January 04, 2008 at 01:41 PM

Ruuutttttuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!! Great fight between the two! Ruutu really pounded him in the end!

Posted by gongshoweric on January 05, 2008 at 12:50 AM

i'd have to say one of the best middleweight battles of this year

Posted by Slipshod on January 04, 2008 at 01:49 PM

Rutuu is one of the best fighters in the league, he just doesn't do it too much. Darcy found that out last night. What a pounding!

Posted by jmc136 on January 04, 2008 at 11:29 AM

Awesome fight. Win Ruutu.

Posted by RR20 on January 04, 2008 at 01:12 PM

it was awesome seeing tucker take those shots to the face he wasn't running his mouth then... btw i hate ruutu just as much

Posted by bewst14 on January 04, 2008 at 09:33 AM

Best Penguin fight since the Francois Leroux era.

Posted by puckeye on January 04, 2008 at 09:30 AM

Tucker showed a lot of heart and threw some good shots (besides the though eye gouging) but Ruutu won in a clear decision.

Posted by germxv on January 05, 2008 at 07:05 PM

tucker is a typical maple loaf. so soft and soooo cuddly. that is why ruutu crowned his a$$ because tucker was what we all thought he was!!!

Posted by Goon24 on January 05, 2008 at 12:47 AM

very very good fight

Posted by westernNY on January 04, 2008 at 08:53 AM

How any of the Canadian shills can say Trucker won is beyond comic chat! Where is Don Cherry now bashing Euro's while his boy gets beat like drum!

Posted by dr00r00 on January 05, 2008 at 07:25 PM

Hate to say it but Jarko landed 22 by my count and dominated. Only a handful for Tucker. I always considered Ruutu one of those cheap-shot [email protected]@rds that run around and hit but dont fight. So he beats up an aging, battle-warn Darcy Tucker. Better put that one on your mantle next to all your turtles you freak. Overall great fight though. Tucker never went down even though he skated off looking like Abdullah The Butcher after a Saturday Night main event. Hang it up Darcy.

Posted by hockeyhitter79 on January 04, 2008 at 03:17 PM

great fight, win ruutu... imagine if BGL would have fought tucker

Posted by T_J_74 on January 04, 2008 at 08:20 PM

That fight was awesome Ruutu beat the he!! out of Tucker, GO PENS!!!!

Posted by steelreeltor on January 04, 2008 at 08:20 AM

Ruutu easily gets the nod here, Tucker is no slouch but he wore himself out too quickly and payed for it with his face. Definition of perfect fight: long spirited battle, clear and strong face shots, and the scrap becomes a game changing event--this fight fired up the whole place (1-1 at the time of the fight) and the Penguins took the lead shortly after and finished, inspired, winning 6-2. For evidence, check out the video (same username as here) I posted from the glass at the game last night--the crowd goes bonkers. Fighting undoubtedly has a place in this sport!!

Posted by rupprupp29 on January 04, 2008 at 10:22 AM

I was at this game and it was, without a doubt, the best fight I've ever seen. Great battle, and a great job by Ruutu. Also, credit to Darcy Tucker for staying on his feet and taking his whoppin' like a man.

Posted by ajgst6 on January 04, 2008 at 12:39 PM

One of the best fights of the year so far. Although Tucker had Ruutu going at the beginning of the fight, Ruutu definately took it. He simply landed more hits than Tucker did; 25 -10. Both guys were lumped up, but it was definately a Ruutu win.

Posted by RevHockey on January 04, 2008 at 02:01 PM


Posted by cshell371 on January 04, 2008 at 02:48 PM

Somebody help poor old Darcy to the box, he just his @$$ handed to him. .

Posted by pensbombers on January 05, 2008 at 01:42 AM

with ruutu and malone fighting this good against two of the toughest leafs players and dominating you throw laraque into the picture the pens are becoming a hard nosed team when its needed RUUTU throws bombs

Posted by brett1058 on January 04, 2008 at 03:58 PM

Maybe Ruutu dosn't fight enough for some people in Canada, but all I know every one I have seen him in ,he does well!! This dosn't suprise me ,but I think it surprised Tucker and a lot of other canadians Punch's thrown Punch's Landed Ruutu 32 25 Tucker 26 10

Posted by Reesman30 on January 04, 2008 at 07:46 PM

Great Fight, Ruutu finished very strong. Tucker had a few good shots at the beginning but overall Ruutu took this one home. RUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTU

Posted by 84508 on January 04, 2008 at 10:55 PM


Posted by iloveruutu37 on January 05, 2008 at 03:58 PM

I was at the game and i also taped it. Everytime i watch it i LOVE to see how RUU kicked tuckers ass. its fantastic. i think Tucker has to get a new passport after that fight!

Posted by puckluck99 on January 05, 2008 at 08:32 PM

BEAUTY!! I love seeing Tucker get snotted - take THAT Cherry!!!

Posted by purepens87 on January 06, 2008 at 08:54 PM

This is one of the best fights of the year. Ruutu whaled on Tucker but Tucker hung in there pretty good. Still, Jarkko made him look like it was Big George going at it hard with Celine Dion. Domination, but it was high quality.

Posted by PRpapi21 on January 08, 2008 at 02:30 AM

I was at this game(right beside the lady who won the trip to Nemacolin Woodlands) and this fight set the crowd and the team on fire! Ruutu dominated Tucker. Bloodied him up and everything. Total domination not only of this bout, but the entire game. By the PENS of course!

Posted by teukka101 on January 08, 2008 at 03:06 PM

"Fight of the Year" ... So far

Posted by razor 32 on March 13, 2008 at 01:24 AM

Tucker should not have hit his face on Ruutu's fist so many times. Probably hurt Ruutu's fist. Then Tucker skated away like he was unhurt. Must be a cement head like Domi. Ruutu easy win.

Posted by PittPens1787 on May 17, 2008 at 10:18 PM

Fight of the year. This one went so long, both guys gave and received. Ruutu gets the 'W'.

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Posted by dogace on January 04, 2008 at 11:08 AM

'Fight of the year!! i wish ruutu would fight more! give props to both guys..amzing fight.. ruttu clear winner though!

Posted by tycopley32 on January 05, 2008 at 03:01 PM

PHENOMINAL!!!! I love these type fights where its just right after right after right...to bad that one announcer that calls it like that wasn't doing this game. "Tucker with a right, Ruutu a right another right and another right, tucker a right, tucker another right, they are going at it. Ruutu a right...and the linesmen break it up!" - Unknown announcer Does anyone know who that announcer is. I hear him call fights but always forget to remember who he is announcing for so then I could look him up!

Posted by perezj on January 04, 2008 at 09:31 PM

Tucker stood up to a much bigger man and landed some good shot right on the nose. The punches Ruutu landed at the back of the head mean nothing; broken knuckes. This fight you take some to give some...

Posted by swoke on January 04, 2008 at 04:17 AM

ouch !

Posted by lagwagon_tim on January 06, 2008 at 01:39 AM

Most of Tucker's hit the left shoulder. Many thrown , but Ruutu landed more.

Posted by hrngmprd on January 04, 2008 at 08:30 PM

As much as I don't like Ruutu- ok HATE is a better word, I've got to give him credit for this fight. He kicked Tucker's butt but both players did land blows. Ruutu's just did more damage.

Posted by Dijo on January 04, 2008 at 07:55 PM


Posted by azjim on January 04, 2008 at 05:17 PM

Maybe this will stop the whining about Ruutu never fighting. He did a fine job of it.

Posted by radioactiverich on January 04, 2008 at 10:59 AM

Ruutu rattled the little midget at the end using the reach to his advantage

Posted by CocoQuaker7 on January 04, 2008 at 12:14 PM

Ruutu won this with the late flurry of punches to Tucker's skull.

Posted by hockeyherman on January 05, 2008 at 02:50 AM

Gotta love Jarko Ruutu! Another great agitator out of Finland! And he can fight!

Posted by Tommy9168 on January 09, 2008 at 06:19 AM

great fight Tucker took a beating

Posted by dibari_22 on January 04, 2008 at 06:09 AM

tucker did a good job of blocking the punches with his face.

Posted by WildStars on January 12, 2008 at 10:41 PM

Ruutu with some NICE punches to his face, Ruutu dropped some bombs on him!

Posted by Dave_42 on January 04, 2008 at 06:19 AM

What a hell of a fight! Good middleweight scrap between these two. So much more entertaining when mid's scrap like this over any heavy scrap!

Posted by JayMiller29 on January 05, 2008 at 11:09 AM

Thats gotta be the fight of the year so far. Win Jarkko - would have been better if they had knocked each other unconcious simultaneously.....then everyone would be happy.

Posted by chelios247 on January 06, 2008 at 02:54 PM

hate makes for a great fight

Posted by Richterfan on January 05, 2008 at 03:05 PM

Fight of the year!!!!! Hell Ya! Solid win Ruutu!

Posted by Knut on January 04, 2008 at 06:04 AM

Great fight ! Nominated for the fight of 2008 !! Win for the "Finnish Rocket" !!

Posted by gmr133 on June 09, 2015 at 03:00 PM

One of the best fights on this site. Ruutu wins.

Posted by bostonrs555 on January 06, 2008 at 03:29 AM


Posted by Bonecrusher1976 on January 04, 2008 at 07:35 AM

It's always nice to see Tucker having his ugly face punched.

Posted by Leafs2006 on January 05, 2008 at 07:57 AM

I agree NoKnuckles, Darcy took a lot, but gave a lot as well, too bad Tucker has this stereotype on him for being one of the leagues worst hated. As far as Ruttu goes, im surprised he even fought, but then again Darcy only weighs 165 lbs. Anyone over 200 hundred, Ruttu would have done his routine " Ninja Turtle " move. Ruttu is the new Ulf Samuelson of the league, cheap shot artist, and Coward of the county award. I call it a draw. Give Darcy a lotta credit, for size difference and not falling down. Scary Eyes? its called grit and heart. :D

Posted by NateSimon on January 04, 2008 at 03:23 PM

It's a shame both these guys didn't die in this fight.

Posted by wingman_jason on January 04, 2008 at 06:45 PM

Guys, Tucker is 175 lbs soaken wet. Ruutu is a 6'1, 200lb-er. Tucker shows more grit than most for stepping up for his team, tryin to rally something last night. I think its funny how "big" the Pittsburgh announcers made Tucker out to be, when he's one of the smaller guys in the league. Ruutu only fought him to shut his critics up for not fighting. If youre going to throw for the rare occurence that Ruutu does, why pick the one of the smallest Leafs?

Posted by Gunslinger on January 05, 2008 at 09:25 AM

Darcy Sucker loses to a Finn! Fartsys career in Toronto is done, he can score or even beat a Finn. Say good night Sucker.

Posted by craigermcb on January 04, 2008 at 05:35 AM

Great Fight !! Would call it a Draw....

Posted by NoKnuckles on January 04, 2008 at 11:32 AM

I don't see how so many people think Tucker got destroyed... he landed a lot of good shots and Ruutu's face was banged up as well. To me it's a draw, or a slight edge to Ruutu for landing a few more. As for the retards who think Tucker was eye-gouging... he was trying to get Ruutu's helmet off and couldn't reach because they were tying each other up. Fight of the year so far.

Posted by Juha82 on January 04, 2008 at 05:20 AM

Wow one of hell fight on this season. Very well job by our "lion" J.Ruutu. Tucker did well, but Ruutu took over middle and late of the fight, although Tucker responded well at the end as they going toe to toe. A narrow win to J.Ruutu. I give 10 for fun.