Other Penalties: Boulton received a roughing.
my brain doesn't have the capacity to understand how these two can take those shots standing. that was like watching bill brasky fight bill brasky. i am amazed, calling it a draw and ten. i don't know what more you can ask for in a fight.
10 There were about 6 or 7 punches that could have been knockout punches in any other scrap. Any rating less than a 10 is disrespectful.
that was one hell of a fight.....solid draw.
The boys were swinging for the fences. Both landed good shots. DRAW
real angry tilt,..both guys were lookin to take a piece or two with em off the ice. give it a draw since they were both gunnin so hard.
good fight. Draw.
Nothing much here, just two men attempting to kill one another.
Great fight! FOTY? Maybe... got a lotta fights to come, this is definitely an early contender though.
very intense fight good punches from both gave it a draw
THE GOOD OLD DAYS ...ARE THEY GONE ?
Gotta go with a draw on that one, both landed some bombs!!!!
[email protected] me! FOY candidate here.... Draw.
I completely agree with BlacknGold....Holy Friggin' Crap!!! Fight of the Year, so far. at least from what I've seen.. . ...with both guys throwing everything but the kitchen sink at each other, and swinging for the fences on practically every shot. As BTWilson put it, it's a wonder these two remained standing throughout this epic tilt. Mucho Propos to both guys for exceeding expectations.
very nice to watch....that's the way to put on a full contact T2T for the crowd!! well done lads.....i'll call it a draw because both guys deserve props in an early FOTY candidate
first review of the year is for what I call a damaging slugfest between two of the most feared fighters in all eastern conference well, we (hopefully not) won't see something like this for a long long time...
a Punch like that would break the ice..... Best fight so far this year.
best fight so far this year both sustaining major blows DRAW!!
That was an amazing fight. Jack Edwards would have cummed himself calling this fight. Draw
Wicked, wicked, wicked!! Doesn't get better than this fight fans!
I know the word is overused but in this context it fits: EPIC!!!
Fight of the week boys, take a well earned rest!!
Awesome, I had to call it a draw. AT LAST A GREAT SCRAP!!!!!!!!!!!
gotta give it up for these 2 guys here!!!! best fight of the year so far!...DRAW!
I don't usually comment on the voting but can't understand the gap difference between these two fighters. Honestly feel that the short replay shown of Erskine connecting has influenced the voting in his favor. That replay was only the tip of the iceberg and were many more of those by both. For those who are new to hockey or this site , this is a text book example of what a DRAW should be. Great slug fest ...well done boys ! The only winner here are the fans !!
That was the best fight of the year so far... toe 2 toe scrap ! I am going to call it a Draw with a slight edge to Erskine for landing more of the punches, but hats off to both guys, damn good fight.
Just awesome....good nobody got hurt in that one because it was a great fight
now THAT'S a hockey fight! two heavyweights exchanging haymakers, and continuing to throw as they both got pummeled. no grabbing or spinning either. classic.
What a fight.
Big Shots! Throwing absolute bombs, both of them!
One of the best.
Really great both guys.
What a great scrap!
Great fight. A real fight. Not an Andrew Peters shirt hold and punch fight; aA REAL FIGHT and both guys deserve 10 stars.
Holy shit! This WAS the fight!! Both guys seemed trying to kill each other by these blows. draw and 10 points.
Not a fan of either team or players but what a great fight. No holding back. Big bombs by both. Could not give an edge to either. Great Job!
Two of the toughest guys in the NHL going at it toe to toe. Erskine doesn't do it much any more but when he does, he shows up for sure. I think Boulton had all he could handle and then some but stood his ground. Great job by both.
WOW JUST WOW. holy haymakers!!! how someone wasnt knocked into 2011 in that fight i just dont know. draw. good fight boys
Man that was like D-Day, bombs away!!!!! Great fight, Boults is easily pound for pound one of the toughest dogs in the yard:) Both where game here no D, to good to call a winner DRAW Well done lads, FOTY possibilty 4 sure
Boulton threw a cheap first shot, but that was a textbook mano-o-mano fight...kudos to both boys...
Fight of the year. Thats what a good, clean, tough hockey fight is all about A draw
big time tilt................to close to call ....draw
Fantastic. They're both winners here. FOTY - A bit early for that yet, they'll be meeting each other again. Can't wait.
Now that was a fight. Pretty even bout.
Now thats a hockey fight! Both guys landed well. draw.
Fight of the year. Wow.
Great even fight.
Not too shabby at all...only way to improve that slugfest would be to throw a Hab in between those two fine warriors. Full marks to both! And to all those nerds that want to take fighting out of hockey...LOOK at the crowd...like they scored an overtime winner for the cup!
FOTY! And kudos to both CSN Washington & Sportssouth for calling the fight. Washington had "These are not love taps" & Sportsouth had "Flush to the Mush" Awsome Fight, Awsome Calls
Refreshing to see an old time hockey fight.....reminds me of the O'reilly -Gilles bouts in the 70s...no clutching..grabbing..bullshit..great fight guys
Great fight both ways. I give it a draw. Can think of reasons to give a slight edge to either guy so I won't pick one.
great fight between these 2 guys. big bombs thrown.
Fight of the year so far!
I've like Boulton ever since he reigned supreme in the OHL with my hometown Sarnia Sting. The only guys who ever gave him a descent go back then were Brandon Sugden, Justin McPolin (both with a very tough London Knights team), and Andre Payette. Erskine narrowly missed Boulton's age group when he broke in with the Knigts. Ah, David Branch, what have you done to the O !?! It used to be tough. I feel sorry for the kids today coming up in that league. Oh, the fight, good on you both lads.
more fights should be like this!!!!
Bolts with a close win!
Fight of the year canidate??? Draw, good fight to watch, surprised no instigator though. Thats how your supposed to fight just swing for the fences, some fighters should learn to fight like that *cough* stortini and neil
Amazing. Best fight In a long time. Now that's hockey fighting.
The best fight this year so far.
WOW,all i can say is great fight!!!!
Great fight! Back and forth from both guys! Really nice!
Draw and an excellent fight!
best fight i've seen this year. way to go boys.
wow what a phucking great fight. i love it. edge boult! vote this fight a 10 FOTY
....the kind of fighters I like.... both guys can take a punch
best fight i seen in awhile!!!!
WOW what a showing of rights connecting to both of their faces, fight of the year so far
best fight of the year....so far...my opinion !! great job to both players
GEAT FIGHT !! SO GOOD IT IS THE FIRST FIGHT I IHAVE REVIEWED THIS SEASON. I GIVE THIS GREAT BOT A DRAW SINCE BOTH DID SO WELL I TIHNK IT IS UNFAIR TO DECLARE A WINNER.
I can't give anyone a win for that, they both deserve a draw. Unbelievable, what a performance. That was a Bo Derek fight, first of the year.
I AM caps hockey, and Erskine has been one of my favorites since we picked him up, good to see he's gettin more time this year. I still gotta give this one a draw though; and tack it up as an awesome fight. Two heavy weights trading big blows, no cheap sh!t, no serious injury....good scrap, good scrap. good game too; i was there
one of the best fights in a while
Best fight I've ever seen live.
damn !!very close but ill give it to erskine for the 2 absolute bombs he dropped flush on the left cheek of boulton..nice fight i havent seen too many this year
love erskine's stache
Now that's more like it. Good old hockey!
Great Fight! Usually when the big guys get together they don't throw this many punches. No clear winner here, just a great bout!
Holy Crap!!!!!!! Those were some serious punches! This is probably the best fight I have seen. WOW!!!!
as darren pang would say "Holy Jumpin" that was a great fight draw all the way and another notch for the fans
Quite the slugfest - 10.
That was awesome.
Holy Shit haha
Blow for blow essentially each combatant getting in his own great shots. This was not a size them up type of fight for a short bout, but mano e mano and that made for a quality fight!
what a fight !
Way to go Boults. Too many Crapitols homers on this page.
good go Can't stand play-by-play guy Joe B.
Awesome fight! Both were throwing bombs, but edge to Boulton, who had a little more left in the tank...
Really good fight
fight of the year so far
Bolts was the aggressor and set the pace of the fight. Erskine did land some a soloid punch at the end. However, I counted more landed hits from Bolts.
I watched this a number of times and can't figure out how only 10% say Boulton? Boulton landed more shots and a number of them hit square on. At the very worst I could see this as a draw, but Boulton appeared to do more damage (busted open Erskine's eye). Not a Boulton or an Atlanta fan, just calling it like I see it.
Unbelievable fight. One of the best toe to toe battles ever.
WOW! There were bombs landed by both in this one. This is a draw but I voted for Boults to even out the voting. The big winner in this one is US for getting to see such a great fight!
FOTY so far, absolute toe to toe bombs, gave Boulton the slight edge...
THAT was a fight! Dang the bombs that were dropped in that one. Get these boys in an airplane over Afghanistan!
You can tell Erskine was done cause he pushed Bolton into the boards.
AMAZING FIGHT!! I give a slight edge to boulton, but this was a bomb fest and either could of won. FOTY so far hands down. Good job by both guys.
FOTY, a 10 for sure, loved the crowd reactions to the replay too. These guys can hit & get hit with the best of em. Johnny Erskine edges here for landing the best blows.
Definitely fight of the year so far. Bombs away. Erskine gets the nod, but man was that close. Tapping my stick to both of those guys.
Ofcurse BOULTON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Not sure how this could not be a win for Boulton. He landed 4 or 5 that would have knocked out the average man. Great fight. I especially like the spot where Boulton knocks the smile off Erskine's face (about the 40 to 45 second mark).
Boulton by a hair
Are the Thrasher annoucers watching the same fight??? Boulton was getting peppered. Good fight by both but Erskine with the edge.
Erskine got in much better punches...Boulton looked like a beaten man sitting in the box.
Wow great fight slight edge to Erskine.
Boulton jumps Erskine and still can't get it done.
nice fight by Erskine, who knew?
Awesome bout. Giving he nod to Erskine.
EDGE/NARROW WIN Erskine in this one. He landed best shots for sure.
both throwing haymakers. Edge to Erskine. Great fight.
Erskine throws more and lands more so he gets my vote!
Erskine connected slightly more and with more force while Boulton's best shots hit Erskine's shoulders.
Great fight give it to Erskine but could've been a draw, Boulton connected with the biggest bomb but Erskine threw more and counter punched everything..
Oh so close I think Erskine had one more big bomb than Boulton
Bolton with the gloves off first (instigator penalty) and throwing first. Erskine absorbed them and came back with much heavier punches with at least three on the button, heart kept Bolton up for sure. Props to Bolton for hanging in there and throwing back, but his punches didn't have near the power/precision as Erskines. One HELL OF A FIGHT, no circling, hugging, dancing, etc. For those just reveiwing the clips, Bolton spent the rest of the game in the locker room. Not sure if it was from the blows to the head/jaw. He looked a bit dazed on the bench (guessing when his adrenaline dropped the after affects kicked in). Hopefully he will be back for the rematch in Atlanta Friday :) Erskine with the win, 'big' props to Bolton for hanging with him.The biggest winner, the hockey fight fans!!!
how come boulton is still alive after them bombs??win erskine
Man they were wanting to bust chops, that was let er rip kind of scrap.
Now that was a fight! Too many battles today are the crab style, side by side affairs where the guy with the longer reach has the advantage. These two guys were lobbing bombs at each other. I thought Erskine threw the most punishing blows, but Boulton gave it as good as he got it. Erskine came back later to score the winning goal, an identical slapshot to the one he scored against the Rangers last week. Bravo to both combatants!
. . .damn. Now thats a fight, . . .I'm surprised its wasnt D-Buff (the spelling of his last name is a pain) after the last game.. . . But damn . . .
Fight of the year so far, wow...
Don't see big guys through this hard for this long anymore. Great Fight
Holy cow. Erskine by a whisker. Got the best shots in and made creative use of his holding hand, getting a few little jabby left uppercuts in with it. These guys were WAILING on each other. It looked to me, too, that Boulton suckered Erskine off the drop. (And in return Erskine scored the game winner!)
BIg John for the win and game winning goal!
Watching this live on TV I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I started texting my friends to confirm it was a great fight, that this website proves it. Very slight edge to Erskine for taking the punches and dishing it out, after Boulton got an unexpected jump.
Probably a draw, but I will give the edge to Erskine the underdog. Landed that nice right against the boards. Huge fight though, applause to both.
Apart from Boulton's semi-sucker to start, Erskine owned this fight hands down. Many more on-target blows plus the bonus jersey-over-the-face sequence.
Those of you who voted this a draw are fooling yourselves. Boulton did not skate another shift after the fight. Erskine went on to score the GWG. Erskine ended it after he noticed that Boulton was not all there. Well done Jonny ...
Gotta give it to the ginger. If BOulton took his helmet off, I might have changed my mind
Erskine edge for more explosive contact punches
I thought jack Edwards was pitiful....this guy not much better
This was a throwback 1980's fight. Strong!!!!
amazing fight a 10 for sure chuck em
Gotta give a very narrow win to Erskine as he was throwing and connecting with bad intentions. He reminds me of how Kocur use to reel back and throw those straight bombs. I w surprised to see Boulton take them and not even flinch. That just shows that Ersky doesn't have the Kocur power. Best fight so far this year as both connected but Ersky was more on target and stronger.
Fuggin fight of the year.
Best fight of the year
Bo Derek fight???? I can only assume you mean beautiful. Bo Derek now or around the movie 10? Great fight.
I gave the slight edge to Erskine for landing cleaner shots. Two super tough, rock 'em sock' em robots who deserve alot of credit. Take em to give em. Wouldn't want to meet either guy in a bar fight. They'd carry me out on a stretcher. Way to go boys. Way to go. The clear winner is all of us who get to watch it without loosing teeth.
This was all set up by a big hit from Boulton on Bradley earlier in the period. Great fight, I though Boulton won on first view. After watching the replay Erskine landed more. Both guys stood in and took it.
Wouldn't have expected these two for the FOTY. Clearly a draw, but I gave the win for Erskine, just for the mustache. THE GREAT MUSTACHE-IO!
Awesome fight. edge erskine.
I have got to give Erskine the slightest edge here, but props to both of them for giving and taking such bombs. FOTY so far.
FOTY so far. Great fight. 10 all the way around. I give Erskine the slight edge but could see it a draw.
That's about as good as they get
Edge to Erskine. Appears to have landed 3 bombs. Those are 2 tough battle hardened hombres for sure.
Boulton caught Erskine with one early, but Erskine responded with some big hits from the mid point on. You have to love the Smile on Erskine's face after landing a couple, and his reaction to Bolton's attempt at a fake out.
Fight of the Year Candidate
My face is sore. Erskine looks like he is throwing fastballs out of the stretch, what wind up and what a cavalier attitude toward one's own knuckles!
Great fight, slight edge to John Erskine..great 70's porno 'stache.
WOW. i gotta give it to erskine for landing at least 3 solid shots to the face but this is just amazing. what a fight. both of these guys love what they're doing. you can tell by the big toothless smile on erskine's face. FOTY
Check the stats. 46.7 draw 42.7 Erskine 10.6 Boulton I would say that the majority are agreeing that this was Erskines fight. Both good brawlers. Watch the replay again. It almost looks like Erskine is smiling in one of the clips. Big John is having a great year. I am sure alot of the big contenders are thinking twice before dropping the gloves with Johnny
Watching this live I felt that edge-of-the-seat tension I sometimes get while watching a knock-down, drag-out MMA fight...
Prototype slugfest! I agree: FOTY. Boulton started the fight (getting an initial roughing penalty). There were a couple of times that Erskine appeared to ask Boulton if he wanted to quit: each time, Erskine was answered by Boulton's fist. At the end, Erskine just drove Boulton into the glass, and waited to be separated by the linesmen. Great exchange of blows that really landed. Yeah, it was close, but Erskine controlled the end.
Nearly a draw but I gotta give it to Erskine for being the aggressor over the last 25% and also for hanging in at first as Boulton started throwing before Erskine even got his gloves off.
Erskine landed one or two bigger haymakers, even after getting tagged early as a result of not instigating the fight. Great Fight!
Boulton and Erskine drop gloves next to the Caps goal. Watching this live and being a Caps fan it definitely looked like Erskine may have landed an extra punch or two and may have had a bit more force behind his punches. All-in-all an awesome fight. It looks like the two of them agree to end the fight and let the refs break it up.
Heavy weight bout! Bombs away. I'll give this one to Erskine, but only by a whisker. He seemed to close out the fight more violently.
Boulton jumps on Erskine quick and rocks him, but Erskine wins it with two huge shots after.
Anyone else notice around the 51 second mark it looks like Boulton spit on Erskine and then Erskine slammed him into the boards? You can see it better in the feed from Atlanta
Great to watch. Those are some tough guys. Was so happy when Erskine got the game winner.
I'd give an edge to Ersk. He landed more, and has the kickass mo.
Great fight...love that Erskine smirked at at Boulton about halfway through. And I'm happy to report I've heard he's gonna keep the stache around for a while.
great fight, good job for the both of them, couldnt ask for anything better
Was at the game. Boulton started the fight . Erskine ended it. erskine landed far more direct hits with plenty of clot behind them than did Boulton. They both gave a good account of themselves but the win goes to Mr. Erskine.
Erskine throws a mean right, they looked painful from where I was in the 400 level. It was very even, but I thought Erskine did a better job of connecting on his punches. That man really knows how to put his weight into his punches. I loved how the crowd reacted to the replay, the OHs whenever Erskine landed a punch, and the standing ovation that followed.
Excellent fight, a real treat to watch! Definitely best of the young NHL 2010-2011 season thus far.
That was amazing. Haven't seen so many huge haymakers land squarely on a chin in the same fight in a long time and have it go the distance. Erskine wins for landing more although Boulton didn't lose by much. Best fight of the year so far.
Did Boulton spit on Erskine? That would explain the extra minor.
Amazing fight....not going to get too much better than this. As a Caps fan attempting to be not too biased I still believe Erskine won this fight. I saw it live, it was a great bout to even watch in replay. Erskine got jumped but stood tall and landed more and possibly slightly even more effective punches. I dig the manhandle into the boards at the end too. It's by a hair....a THIN hair. But Erskine with the edge. FOTY.
Erskine lands some absolute bombs...amazing that Boulton could absorb those. Great fight.
I give this fight to Erskine with a slim margin because I watched this fight live on tv/dvr and in slow motion Erskine landed more of his punches and at the end was still strong enough to muscle him to the boards. Fantastic fight! And he scores the gwg.
Great fight, best fight I have seen all season.
I've visited this site nearly every day for the last few seasons and never felt compelled to comment. Until now. I've gone to Caps games for 35 years and I can't remember a more entertaining fight. The reason I wanted to comment is that I think the video angle did a bit of an injustice to Erskine here. I was sitting goal line extended on the opposite side of the ice and the bomb at :25 was remarkable. The follow up at :28 was also huge. To think Boulton remained conscious, not to mention standing, after those 2 is mind boggling. Don't be surprised if you find out Boulton's "broken finger" is really a vision problem: he saw 8 fingers when the trainer held up 2. It is a shame that the video didn't capture Boulton jumping Erskine - that was kinda BS. Best part might have been the crowd watching the replay immediately after, oohing and ahhing.
This is one of the greatest hockey fights I have ever witnessed. Both players landing ferocious punches to the mush. Fantastic bout. Boulton definitely deserved the extra minor, though.
FOTY very close and both fighters did great. Slight edge to Erskine for facial hair and lack of teeth. This fight was the best of the year and anything less than a 10 is disrespectful. I'm looking forward to a rematch on friday. Don't hold out on me Johnny E, modern hockey needs another fight of this quality.
I was there. Erskine lending right cross after right cross. The left jabs while holding Boulton's jersey should not be discounted either. Draw? Hell no. Solid win to Erskine.
Saw it at Verizon, loved every impact.
Classic Johnny Erskine!
Erskine with the bigger blows and the decision to end it but I still have to call it a draw.
the 'staches added to the fight
great fight, erskine can still throw em! one of the best fighst this season so far and this is a draw edit: after 5th view im goin to have to give it a 10 for effort. this is good stuff
draw..."Anything less is uncivilized"....awesome fight
WOW!!! Haymakers on both sides - Connections on both sides - No KO - Draw -- Great Great Great Fight!!!
I honestly can't say I've seen punches thrown with that velocity for a long time, if ever.
That's about as good as it gets. Both gave a great effort so I'm calling it a draw.
Wow. Epic. That is the battle in a word. Nobody loses here. Just Epic.
Wow!! And to think I was planning on logging on and commenting somewhere - anywhere - on this site about what a snoozer this season has been so far. I think that no longer. Draw and a 10.
Hear me now: Fight of the Year. One of the best fights in years. That was awesome. Draw.
great fight...these two wanted to f....in hurt each other
Best fight this year so far.
Fight of the year so far. If too many more of those had landed both of these guys would be getting coloring books for Christmas.
Who voted here???? Semin and ovechkinSTEIN in their dorm room; while doing each others nails?????
Excellent draw. Old time bombs. Erskine with the extra point for the fu manchu.
Excellent scrap - too hard to pick a winner - that's how you earn 5 minutes for fighting - not like the inflated penalty totals of someone like Zenon Konopka who basically wrestles the entire season.
Rock 'em, sock 'em. Punishing draw.
awesome... good job guys
Boulton landed a great shot early Erskine had a one at the end of the fight, probably the best punch of the fight Gave it a Draw. Neither guy deserved a loss for this one.
absolutely no losers here...GREAT tilt! love hearing the crowd reacting to the replay in the background.
Very good fight lots of big blows landing for both guys, draw a fair result.
Wow, just wow.
Wow, those two must have jaws made out of concrete to stay standing after some of the shots they both took. Very good fight.
They could have sold that on PPV and made mroe money than a UFC fight!
I see it as a draw........Great tilt though!
Wow. What a hammerfest. FOTY. --Both guys still standing and visibly undamaged after that A-bomb exchange? Solid draw.
FIGHT, Erskine.... don't shoulder-check
outstanding! no those are not love taps, slight edge to boulton
Erskine threw some major punches, but he took what he gave out and then some, and in the end, couldn't take it anymore and pushed Boulton to the boards so the refs would break it up. Win Boulton.
like Boulton but Erskine wins. best fight this year
That was a humdinger. Both fighters going for it. But i'm giving it to Johnny Erskine with the more damaging blows. One of the best fights of the year thus far.
AWESOME!Gave a slight edge to Erskine for landing a couple more bombs than Boulton...wish they were all that good!!!
Some good reviews altho I fail to see how anybody who watches this more than once can give it to Bolton...That said OOOOOWWWWCH!!!!!!!!!! Big Johnny E throwing with Murderous intentions and connecting solidly on abunch!!!! GREAT FIGHT by BOTH WIN Big Johnny E!!!! There is NO Debate!!!! :)
Best fight of the season so far....... I will give Big John the win just on number of quality shots but Boulton almost KO Erskine half way through.
Erskine had some more stream on those bombs
Great fight, but no way that was a draw. Erskine not only landed more shots, he landed bigger shots. Erskine with the win.
Best fight I've seen in quite some time. I got to respect Boulton's chin. Props to Erskin for stepping up in a big way despite having concussion concerns. Fight was a 10, but got to give Erskine the edge as he landed the bigger shots.
FOTY for sure. Erskine landed a few better shots, but man what a job by both !
Erskine with more quality shots for the W
I thought I saw the spit thing by Boulton too. That would explain Erskine's finish at the end. I think he did spit (classless) and that puts Erskine over the top. WOW WOW WOW!
Was at the game, 400s from the opposite side of the ice. I think more than anything, Erskine sparked the Caps and the crowd. The Caps were sloppy from excessive games, and the crowd was a little tame, possibly due to it being a kids night. Erskine's showing the the fight woke everyone up. I think that FOTY(SF) is an appropriate label for this tilt, cause it was just brilliant. I would almost call this a draw, but Erskine pushing Boulton into the boards by his neck to end things gives the slight edge to the home-ice player.
Close fight with the edge to Boulton. Nice slugfest. Geez, he was giving up 3 inches to Erskine. Gotta love Boult's heart.