Thorburn is the perfect opponent for an established fighter
who needs to regain some confidence.
He's big, he's willing and he can ''sort of'' fight,
but most importantly...and his awkward style, and glass chin,
often make him fairly easy to beat.
That was an effective, but still hillarious delayed left by Erskine in slo-mo.
The ''clean hit"automatically equals a fight'' thing,
is becoming a little annoying, though.
Erskine lands a couple monster shots. I agree with the commentators (rare), there was no reason for this fight, but I always admire someone's courage that will stand up for a teammate with a tough bastard like Erskine. I sure as hell wouldn't. Ending be damned, Erskine wins this one with a couple of really nice shots.
I give the win to Erskine simply because of the solid, clean hit and then Thorburn comes looking for him "for what?" Thorburn didn't do enough for even a draw here! If your gonna send a message, you better send it.
I love most everything about the "new" NHL except for the ticky-tac NBA style penalty calls and the apparent change from the players where you can't check anymore. Is there a 2 hand touch version of hockey?
I've got to give it up to my man John Erskine here. We have no enforcer, per se, but Erskine is about all we've got right now. What a clean hit and unncecessary scrap. I'm glad John held his own. Monster left. Love it.