Six out of the seven fights last night took place in the Western Conference, thanks to the Canadiens being the lone Eastern team in action not playing overseas.
The Ducks decided to drop the gloves with a different divisional opponent than the Sharks. Up until Tuesday, all but two of the team’s scraps this preseason were against San Jose but that changed with a four-fight effort against the Kings.
Kevin Westgarth made quick work of Steve Montador in the first period. Matt Greene fought for the first time since being acquired by L.A., taking on Brennan Evans in the second period, which also saw Wayne Simmonds take on both Troy Bodie and Travis Moen.
In other action, Andre Roy took on Mathieu Roy, and Kyle Beach vs. Marc-Andre Bergeron (who suffered a broken nose against Beach) was the lone fight in Blackhawks-Wild. Kyle Quincey exchanged blows with Greg Stewart as well, making the Red Wings the last NHL team to receive a fighting major this month.
Kevyn Adams vs Alexandre Picard Sep 29, 2008
Cody McLeod vs Wayne Simmonds Sep 27, 2008
Nicolas Blanchard vs Josh Godfrey Sep 25, 2008
Wade Brookbank vs Grant McNeill Sep 25, 2008
Ryan Malone vs Richie Regehr Sep 28, 2008
Leblond continued his push for the team’s enforcer job Monday night, putting up an admirable performance against Donald Brashear. It was his third fight of the preseason and his third straight solid performance as well. Brent Sutter and company have noticed.
The Blackhawks and Blue Jackets produced a total of four fights last night. Alexandre Picard fought twice, taking on Kevyn Adams and Kris Versteeg. 2007-08 fighting majors leader Jared Boll fought for the first time since injuring his hand over the summer, dropping the gloves with Colin Fraser. Unfortunately for Columbus, Raffi Torres was injured in his fight against Ben Eager and will be out for at least six weeks with a shoulder injury.
Donald Brashear vs Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond Sep 29, 2008
Ole-Kristian Tollefsen vs Josh Gratton Sep 27, 2008
Mike Field vs Frederik Cabana Sep 27, 2008
Brent Henley vs Brad Brown Sep 27, 2008
Chris Lawrence vs Jeff Szwez Sep 27, 2008
Brent Henley vs Garrett Klotz Sep 27, 2008
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Close to two dozen fights took place this past weekend and it was a bunch of NHL hopefuls that provided the most memorable scraps. Jon Mirasty put his fast fists on display once again, this time against Triston Grant. Brad Staubitz and Rick Rypien also opened some eyes with their own toe-to-toe war.
Kevin Westgarth has also continued to impress this preseason. After taking on Chris Stewart early on during Saturday’s Avalanche-Kings game, Westgarth dropped the gloves with Scott Parker and proceeded to send “The Sheriff” to the ice with an uppercut.
Rick Rypien vs Brian Sutherby Sep 28, 2008
Kevin Bieksa vs Sean O’Donnell Sep 28, 2008
Scott Parker vs Kevin Westgarth Sep 27, 2008
Dan LaCouture vs Arron Asham Sep 27, 2008
Trevor Gillies vs Riley Cote Sep 27, 2008
Micheal Haley vs Steve Downie Sep 25, 2008
Brandon Sugden vs Matt Clackson Sep 25, 2008
Micheal Haley vs Matt Clackson Sep 25, 2008
Cult-favorite Jon Mirasty played in his first NHL preseason game and delivered an expected toe-to-toe bout with Josh Gratton early on in the first period of the Blue Jackets’ win over the Predators last night. Tom Sestito also took on Triston Grant in the game.
Friday night was another busy one (13 fights in 8 games) and featured four scraps in Senators-Canadiens. Alex Henry led the way with two in the game - he dropped the gloves with both Chris Neil and Brad Isbister. Fans of the heavyweights also saw D.J. King take it to Garnet Exelby and another meeting between George Parros and Jody Shelley as well.
Triston Grant vs Tom Sestito Sep 26, 2008
Travis Moen vs Mike Moore Sep 26, 2008
George Parros vs Jody Shelley Sep 26, 2008
Josh Gratton vs Jon Mirasty Sep 26, 2008
Paul Bissonnette vs Ryan Hollweg Sep 26, 2008
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Colton Orr took part in his first fight of the preseason, a one-sided scrap against David Koci as the Rangers fell to the Lightning in New York last night. Zenon Konopka also fought in the game, picking up his fifth fighting major of the preseason against Aaron Voros. Unfortunately for Konopka, he was reportedly cut and sent to Norfolk Admirals’ training camp after the game, but must clear waivers first.
New York’s other team gave Brandon Sugden a chance to enjoy the fruits of his drawn-out battle with the NHL over his training camp shot with the Islanders as he dressed for his first preseason game against the Flyers.
Sugden dropped the gloves with Riley Cote in the second period, but the two fell right away and only received roughings. After his time in the box, Sugden was given another shift and took on feisty rookie Matt Clackson, who also happened to fight Micheal Haley in the first. Steve Downie went up against Haley in the game’s third and final fight.
David Koci vs Colton Orr Sep 25, 2008
Zenon Konopka vs Aaron Voros Sep 25, 2008
Jamal Mayers vs Paul Bissonnette Sep 24, 2008
Kris Newbury vs Alex Goligoski Sep 24, 2008 (roughings)
Doug Murray vs Brennan Evans Sep 24, 2008
D.J. King vs Kevin Westgarth Sep 22, 2008
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The pace that the first couple days of preseason action set in terms of fighting earlier this week has yet to slow down as 18 fights occurred in 10 games last night, led by a fight-filled affair between the Sharks and Ducks.
Brad Staubitz and Brad May each fought twice in the game. In the first period, Staubitz took on Brian Sutherby while May dropped the gloves with Joe Rullier. The two eventually fought each other in the third. Additional fights that took place in Anaheim included Doug Murray tangling with Brennan Evans, Troy Bodie going up against Mike Moore, and Kent Huskins challenging Ryane Clowe.
Aaron Voros vs Bryce Salvador Sep 24, 2008
Paul Mara vs David Clarkson Sep 24, 2008
Tom Sestito vs Jesse Boulerice Sep 23, 2008
Paul Bissonnette vs David Koci Sep 22, 2008
Adam Henrich vs Zenon Konopka Sep 22, 2008
Paul Bissonnette vs David Koci Sep 22, 2008
Danny Richmond vs Zenon Konopka Sep 22, 2008
Aaron Boogaard vs Zenon Konopka Sep 22, 2008
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Krys Barch came to the aid of teammate Francis Wathier and took on Cam Janssen after a questionable hit in the first period. Wathier was helped back to the locker room and did not return for the rest of the game. Barch fought once more in the game, dropping the gloves with a surprising opponent in Dan Hinote.
The second period saw B.J. Crombeen exchange blows with Barret Jackman and things got even more interesting in the third. Just over five minutes after Barch and Hinote’s tussle, Jackman fought for the second time in a scrum against Steve Ott. Janssen and Sean Avery met for the first time in the Western Conference during the fracas - both were given matching roughings and misconducts.
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Saturday night the four teams starting the regular season in Europe got a jump on the preseason, getting a couple of exhibition games out of the way. Last night they were joined by twelve more, making it feel like hockey is truly starting up again.
It was a busy night, 20 fights in 8 games. Not a figure you’re likely to see during the regular season.
Video isn’t as readily available as it is in-season, so please be patient while we fill in the gaps as the preseason goes on.
The stats page hasn’t been updated yet, it’s being redone for speed, and to display more seasons.
Garth Murray vs Richard Clune Sep 22, 2008
Adam Keefe vs Raitis Ivanans Sep 22, 2008
Todd Fedoruk vs Richard Clune Sep 22, 2008
Patrick Kaleta vs Ben Ondrus Sep 22, 2008
Andrew Peters vs Ryan Hollweg Sep 22, 2008
Rob Davison vs Hans Benson Sep 22, 2008
Mason Raymond vs Hans Benson Sep 22, 2008
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond vs Matt Clackson Sep 22, 2008
Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond vs Riley Cote Sep 22, 2008
David Koci vs Eric Godard Sep 20, 2008
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Rookie tournaments and scrimmages haven’t been played lightly so far. There were a few more scraps last night, and video from the day before has been broadcast either on tv or online.
For some (currently) non-logged action:
Pittsburgh at Toronto 9/13/08 - Aaron Boogaard vs Joe Cooper, Alex Grant vs Kyle Rogers
San Jose at Anaheim 9/14/08 - Frazer McLaren vs Jason Bailey, Frazer McLaren vs Stu Bickel, Brett Westgarth vs Charlie Kronschnabel (that’s all we have video of)
Ottawa at Toronto 9/14/08 - Geoff Waugh vs Phil Oreskovic
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Rookie camps are underway, and a couple of tournaments are producing some scraps.
We’re covering the Traverse City Rookie Tournament again this season. Here’s the current fight log for those who are interested. Some games are being televised (on delay) by the NHL Network.
The Camrose Tournament, just three games between the Flames, Oilers and Canucks, saw its first fight between Theo Peckham and JD Watt early on. The games aren’t being televised, but are available via online streaming.
Sugden to attend Isles camp
Just in case you missed it over the weekend, Brandon Sugden was told by NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly that the teams that blocked his removal from the retirement list have agreed to reverse their decisions.