The first round of the 2009-10 NHL playoffs are complete. The West was fairly predictable, but the East saw the 6, 7 and 8 seeds skate away winners. There should be no goaltender questions in Montreal after the upset Jaroslav Halak helped pull off.
There haven’t been too many fights. A couple of questionable majors calls, but the round was entertaining nonetheless.
Laperriere is expected to miss the rest of the playoffs because of a brain contusion and concussion he suffered while blocking a shot.
A new page: the best AHL fights of 2009-10.
Derek Morris vs Justin Abdelkader Apr 25, 2010
Richard Clune vs Rick Rypien Apr 23, 2010
Wayne Simmonds vs Shane O’Brien Apr 23, 2010
Zdeno Chara vs Paul Gaustad Apr 23, 2010
Craig Rivet vs Milan Lucic Apr 21, 2010
Andrej Sekera vs Vladimir Sobotka Apr 19, 2010
Scott Gomez vs Tom Poti Apr 17, 2010
Zack Smith vs Maxime Talbot Apr 16, 2010
The votes are in and here are your top 25 NHL fights of 2009-10... for now. Voting won’t ever stop, and anything that happens in the playoffs has the potential to be included.
Coming soon: top AHL fights, and, of course, the top 25 of all-time.
A menu option for these pages will be added soon. Next season this page will be made as soon as we have 25 fights in the log and the list will sort itself out a few times a day. Enjoy.
There were also a couple of high-rated bouts in the Islanders-Devils game: Michael Haley and Rod Pelley had a good, open exchange — and Trevor Gillies eventually convinced PL3 to drop the gloves, leading to another back and forth scrap.
Will any make the best of 2009-10 list or be nominated for one of our season awards? Find out soon as we start releasing the nominees this week.
Aaron Voros took on Ian Laperriere in the most important, and probably most entertaining game of the day. Philly took the 8th and final playoff spot in a shootout. Jody Shelley had the lone goal for the Rangers.
According to multiple NHL sources, the Wild traded enforcer Derek Boogaard to the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 3 for third- and fourth-round draft picks and NHL penalty-minute leader Zenon Konopka. GMs Chuck Fletcher and Brian Lawton were talking trade all day, and just before the 2 p.m. trade deadline, Lawton called to sweeten the deal. It was accepted by Fletcher, but the Wild soon discovered the Lightning no longer owned one of the draft picks. By the time the mistake was resolved, it was past the deadline and the trade couldn’t transpire.
Ryan Malone vs Keith Ballard Apr 11, 2010 x2
Eric Godard vs Joel Rechlicz Apr 11, 2010
Michael Rupp vs Joel Rechlicz Apr 11, 2010
Aaron Voros vs Ian Laperriere Apr 11, 2010
Jamal Mayers vs Rick Rypien Apr 10, 2010
Mark Fistric vs Cody Almond Apr 10, 2010
Nick Tarnasky vs Zenon Konopka Apr 10, 2010
Trevor Gillies vs Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond Apr 10, 2010
Micheal Haley vs Rod Pelley Apr 10, 2010
Eric Godard vs Eric Boulton Apr 10, 2010 x2
Matt Cooke vs Evander Kane Apr 10, 2010 x2
Scott Hartnell vs Daniel Girardi Apr 9, 2010
Mike Brown vs B.J. Crombeen Apr 9, 2010
Most regular visitors of the site know we have a very simple way of counting a “fight”: if one player receives a fighting major during an incident, it gets logged. That’s it. Nothing subjective on our end.
That doesn’t mean the call itself isn’t subjective. I receive emails from time to time about a “missed fight”, generally some roughings, and it’s rare they should have been called majors. The incident just happens to involve the emailer’s favorite player or team.
More frequently I’ll get a note asking “how was that a fight?” with a link to a fight page. Bad fights or questionable majors calls happen too, I don’t get to call them, just log them.
Tampa goaltender Mike Smith didn’t care for Chris Neil‘s slewfoot/trip and went right after him. If it weren’t for Mattias Ohlund, we might have seen something a bit longer, but real punches were definitely thrown. Roughings were called, presumably because a goalie was involved and the game continued.
The entire game was riddled with odd calls and Tampa’s television color analyst Bobby Taylor didn’t hold back any criticism, eventually referring to the officiating crew as “idiots in the zebra stripes”.
Konopka leads the league in FMs this season and at 32, has dropped the gloves more than any player since Peter Worrell had 33 in 2001-02. Only Konopka, Worrell, Andrei Nazarov, Jody Shelley and Krzysztof Oliwa have had 30 or more FMs in the past 10 seasons.
The NHL logs now go back to 1963-64 (archives). After the NHL expansion era, this seemed like the next year to jump back to. It was John Ferguson‘s rookie season. Ferguson is widely regarded as the first player to wear the label of enforcer. Besides being the toughest on the ice, he also scored 145 goals in 500 NHL games.
I’ve been uploading both recent clips to fill in logs from a few years ago and also some highlight vintage clips to give past years some visual.
Always a fun time around here, we’ll be releasing the season award list soon.
Jay Harrison vs Zenon Konopka Apr 6, 2010
Tom Kostopoulos vs Zenon Konopka Apr 6, 2010
Arron Asham vs Colton Orr Apr 6, 2010
Daniel Carcillo vs Garnet Exelby Apr 6, 2010
Chris Neil vs Nick Tarnasky Apr 6, 2010
John Scott vs Dean Arsene Apr 5, 2010
Quinn wants players first, fighters second
Carcillo maturing into important player for Flyers
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There have been a couple of famous brawls I’ve recently added new video for and wanted to highlight.
Last week was the 13-year anniversary of the first Red Wings-Avs brawl, the one that included the Patrick Roy vs Mike Vernon fight. All of the fight pages have two feeds on them.
Today, is anniversary of a huge playoff brawl between the Habs and Nordiques. While the specific date won’t match, the game is better known as the Good Friday game.
Happy Good Friday.
Brent Severyn vs Jamie Pushor Mar 26, 1997
Rene Corbet vs Kirk Maltby Mar 26, 1997
Patrick Roy vs Mike Vernon Mar 26, 1997
Adam Deadmarsh vs Vladimir Konstantinov Mar 26, 1997
Adam Foote vs Brendan Shanahan Mar 26, 1997
Mike Keane vs Tomas Holmstrom Mar 26, 1997 *
Brent Severyn vs Aaron Ward Mar 26, 1997 *
Adam Deadmarsh vs Darren McCarty Mar 26, 1997
Uwe Krupp vs Jamie Pushor Mar 26, 1997
Wilf Paiement vs Mike McPhee Apr 20, 1984
Anton Stastny vs Craig Ludwig Apr 20, 1984
Dale Hunter vs Mario Tremblay Apr 20, 1984 *
Wally Weir vs Chris Nilan Apr 20, 1984 *
Clint Malarchuk vs Richard Sevigny Apr 20, 1984 *
Randy Moller vs Chris Nilan Apr 20, 1984 *
Peter Stastny vs Mike McPhee Apr 20, 1984 *
Dale Hunter vs Mark Hunter Apr 20, 1984 *
Louis Sleigher vs Jean Hamel Apr 20, 1984 *
* Same video