Pacific Throwdown

George Parros fights Frazer McLaren
George Parros fights Frazer McLaren. AP Photo/Tony Avelar

Things between division rivals can get pretty heated sometimes.

It was a busy night in San Jose as the Sharks and Ducks put forth a six-fight effort. As a fight fan, the game featured everything you look for. The heavyweights kicked things off, the light heavys followed and the middleweights dueled as well. A pair of simultaneous bouts also took place. Aaron Voros and Scott Nichol each picked up two fighting majors a piece.

An eventful Saturday also saw one heck of a tussle between Zenon Konopka and Dan Carcillo, with both players landing their fair share of shots in a marathon scrap. While it might not garner a “fight of the year” nomination, it could easily be the best bout of the new season thus far. Konopka and Carcillo hooked up later for round two, which wasn’t as competitive but nearly just as long.

Friday was highlighted by the continued rise of Deryk Engelland, who is piecing together a memorable campaign. Engelland got the better of Jody Shelley, a win that is now coupled with his TKO of Colton Orr earlier this month.

Speaking of Orr, he donned pink skates Saturday in support of the NHL’s “Hockey Fights Cancer” campaign for the month of October. It’s believed to the first time that a player has done so.

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Jackman, Flames Keep Busy

David Liffiton fights Tim Jackman
David Liffiton fights Tim Jackman. AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh

If you’re looking for the most active team in terms of fights so far this season, you’ll have to look west.

The Flames passed the Ducks in team fighting majors tonight, led by Tim Jackman, who had a solid scrap with Avs rookie David Liffiton. It was Jackman’s third fight in as many games, which has tied him with Mike Brown and Zenon Konopka for the lead in the individual department as well.

Dion Phaneuf, who is always good for a handful of fights a season, settled a score with Nathan Horton during the middle of Leafs-B’s:

?We were talking there and it?s kind of a mutual thing,? said Phaneuf, making it sound all so matter-of-fact. ?He gave me a shot early in the game, I gave him one back. I battled against him for a long time. Known him for a long time. It?s part of the game.?

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?I want to do anything to help give my teammates a boost, help them out,? said Horton, who leads the team in scoring with five goals four assists, but was held pointless Thursday night. ?We are always battling, me and him. We were winning, but just pick the right spots and it kind of happens.?

Elsewhere

After much mention, at least in these forums, Kyle Clifford participated in his first regular season bout on Thursday, taking on Brian Sutherby. Longtime fan-favorite Darcy Hordichuk also made his return to the Panthers official, providing excitement as usual against Matt Carkner.

Wednesday’s slate of games brought forth three bouts, including a pair in Devils-Sharks as Adam Mair became reacquainted with Jamal Mayers and Matt Corrente injured his hand against Ryane Clowe. Retribution for a Mike Camalleri preseason incident wasn’t in the cards as only a marathon fight between Konopka and Travis Moen took place in Isles-Habs.

Videos added

David Liffiton vs Tim Jackman Oct 28, 2010
Kyle Clifford vs Brian Sutherby Oct 28, 2010
Philippe Dupuis vs Stefan Meyer Oct 28, 2010
Darcy Hordichuk vs Matt Carkner Oct 28, 2010
Dion Phaneuf vs Nathan Horton Oct 28, 2010
Mike Brown vs Daniel Carcillo Oct 23, 2010
John Scott vs Brad Winchester Oct 22, 2010
Jake Dowell vs B.J. Crombeen Oct 22, 2010
Matt Corrente vs Ryane Clowe Oct 27, 2010
Adam Mair vs Jamal Mayers Oct 27, 2010
Zenon Konopka vs Travis Moen Oct 27, 2010

Battle of Alberta Rages On

Mark Giordano sends Taylor Hall flying
Mark Giordano sends Taylor Hall flying. AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh

Another matchup between the Oilers and Flames means another multi-fight game.

Sam Gagner and Olli Jokinen kicked things off towards the end of the first period, exchanging blows right off of a faceoff. Later on, Colin Fraser went after Mark Giordano in response to a hit on Taylor Hall. They were followed minutes after by Jason Strudwick and Tim Jackman.

Elsewhere around the league, Cody McLeod and Tanner Glass hooked up in Avs-Canucks and Sean O’Donnell helped spark the Flyers to a win against resident Sabres’ scrapper Cody McCormick.

Videos added

Cody McLeod vs Tanner Glass Oct 26, 2010
Jason Strudwick vs Tim Jackman Oct 26, 2010
Colin Fraser vs Mark Giordano Oct 26, 2010
Sam Gagner vs Olli Jokinen Oct 26, 2010
Cody McCormick vs Sean O’Donnell Oct 26, 2010
Ryane Clowe vs Tim Jackman Oct 24, 2010

Rick Rypien’s Fighting Mood

Brad Staubitz fights Rick Rypien
Brad Staubitz fights Rick Rypien. AP Photo/Paul Battaglia

Rick Rypien picked up his first fighting major of the season against the Wild‘s Brad Staubitz.  It was a short, good, even tilt, but it won’t be the fight Rypien is remembered for.

Mid-way through the second period Rypien went after a Wild fan on his way to the dressing room.

An easy prediction: a suspension is coming for the Vancouver fan favorite.  10+ games seems like a safe bet.

Real background

CBC’s Jeff Marek has another gem for fight fans.  Zenon Konopka fought Chris Stewart off the draw Oct 16th.  While it seemed like another fight set up during warm-ups, even being called such by MSG play-by-play man Howie Rose during the broadcast, the two players have been waiting for months to go at it.  Still “staged”?  Or is anything bringing game 7 emotions to an early regular season game fair play?

Videos added

Rick Rypien vs Brad Staubitz Oct 19, 2010
Milan Lucic vs John Erskine Oct 19, 2010
Gregory Campbell vs Matt Hendricks Oct 19, 2010
Rob Davison vs Derek Boogaard Oct 19, 2005
David Backes vs Bryan Bickell Oct 18, 2010
Matt Carkner vs Michael Rupp Oct 18, 2010
Chris Neil vs Deryk Engelland Oct 18, 2010
Zenon Konopka vs Mike Brown Oct 18, 2010

Barch to May: We Want to Be #1

Brad May and Krys Barch fight
Brad May and Krys Barch fight on Jan. 15, 2008. AP Photo/Mark Avery

Jeff Marek hosts Hockey Night in Canada Radio, and you’ve probably seen him on the I-Desk on HNIC on Saturday nights.  Brad May has been co-hosting Fridays with him this season and Krys Barch joined them yesterday to talk about their legendary series.  It was the first time the two have spoken off the ice.  It’s a great segment, give a listen.

These two had great fights every single time they dropped the gloves.  Here’s all six.  I’ve highlighted what was my choice for Fight of the Year in 2007-08. The votes went to Riley Cote vs Shawn Thornton Oct 27, 2007, but they did take Best Player Feud that season.

Krys Barch vs Brad May Nov 5, 2007
Brad May vs Krys Barch Nov 21, 2007
Krys Barch vs Brad May Jan 15, 2008
Brad May vs Krys Barch Mar 19, 2008
Krys Barch vs Brad May Nov 18, 2009
Brad May vs Krys Barch Dec 19, 2009

Videos added

As this post was in lieu of a normal recap, here are some of the most recently added NHL videos:

Andrew Alberts vs Wayne Simmonds Oct 15, 2010
Chris Thorburn vs George Parros Oct 15, 2010
Mike Brown vs Brandon Prust Oct 15, 2010
Trevor Gillies vs Eric Godard Oct 15, 2010
Adam Foote vs Rod Pelley Oct 15, 2010
Eric Godard vs Donald Brashear Oct 15, 2005
Steve Downie vs Sean O’Donnell Oct 14, 2010
B.J. Crombeen vs Shane O’Brien Oct 14, 2010

Islanders and Rangers Get Reacquainted

Brandon Prust lands a punch on Zenon Konopka
Brandon Prust lands a punch on Zenon Konopka. AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek

The two teams titled New York renewed their rivalry yesterday in a Columbus Day/Thanksgiving matinee.  It was an entertaining game with a good fight, a little controversy, plenty of goals and a dramatic ending.

Zenon Konopka and Brandon Prust, the leaders in fighting majors last season, met up a little over 8 minutes into the first period.  They had a long, technical fight.  Odds are we’ll seen another one, or even a few, throughout this season.

More memorable will be James Wisniewski taunting Sean Avery.  The NHL is expected to make an announcement regarding the incident within the day.

The game was a fun one overall, with lead changing hands a few times and the Islanders scoring two power play goals late to win.

Elsewhere

The Ducks and Blues game was pretty chippy and exploded for four fights.

Jake Dowell and Cody McCormick had a scrap in Buffalo.

Videos added

Jake Dowell vs Cody McCormick Oct 11, 2010 x2
Brendan Mikkelson vs Erik Johnson Oct 11, 2010 x2
Aaron Voros vs Eric Brewer Oct 11, 2010 x2
Bobby Ryan vs David Perron Oct 11, 2010 x2
Kyle Chipchura vs Ryan Reaves Oct 11, 2010 x2
Brandon Prust vs Zenon Konopka Oct 11, 2010 x2

Rivalry Lovin’

James Wisniewski taunts Sean Avery after Avery snows Rick DiPietro and declines the invitation to drop the gloves.  Welcome to the rivalry, Wiz.

Star Power

Ilya Kovalchuk fights Mike Green
Ilya Kovalchuk fights Mike Green. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Another night with superstars dropping the gloves.  Last night’s participants were Ilya Kovalchuk and Mike Green.

Neither player is that experienced in the fight department, but just like the other star fights recently, both were very willing.  The fight was more squaring off and shadow boxing than punching, but set off a chain of fights at the end of the Devils-Caps game.

David Clarkson was involved in a pair of fights before and after the stars went at it.  He decisively took down Jason Chimera early in the third.  Matt Bradley then returned the favor for his teammate during the string of fights with a few minutes left in the game.

Nice to see you again

The Sens and Leafs renewed their rivalry on the first regular season installment of Hockey Night in Canada this season.

Colton Orr and Matt Carkner renewed their own rivalry halfway through the third.  The two fought four times last season.  Orr took the series 3-1, and according to voters, he took last night’s bout, too.

Videos added

Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond vs John Carlson Oct 9, 2010
David Clarkson vs Matt Bradley Oct 9, 2010
Rod Pelley vs Matt Hendricks Oct 9, 2010
Ilya Kovalchuk vs Mike Green Oct 9, 2010
David Clarkson vs Jason Chimera Oct 9, 2010
Mike Fisher vs Kris Versteeg Oct 9, 2010
Matt Carkner vs Colton Orr Oct 9, 2010
Chris Neil vs Mike Brown Oct 9, 2010
Scott Hartnell vs Brad Winchester Oct 9, 2010
Maxim Lapierre vs Mike Comrie Oct 9, 2010
Vernon Fiddler vs Gregory Campbell Oct 9, 2010

Had some technical difficulties on the Bodie-Boulliion fight.  There will be a clip added within a few days.

Datsyuk Goes Gordie

Corey Perry fights Pavel Datsyuk
Corey Perry fights Pavel Datsyuk. AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

Pavel Datsyuk earned a Gordie Howe Hat Trick last night in the Red Wings 4-0 win over the Ducks.

Datsyuk, whose one and only fight was against Scott Niedermayer in the 2009 playoffs, handled himself just fine against a bigger Corey Perry.

Sheldon Brookbank went after Brad Stuart with a few minutes left in the game and the two dropped the gloves behind the Wings’ net.

The Wings only had two games last season with more than one fight (each had two fights) and none in 2008-09.

Elsewhere

The European fans got to see some fisticuffs live.  Eric Nystrom took on Tom Kostopoulos in the early game in Helsinki.

The NHL fans in Stockholm caught a pair of bouts.  Frazer McLaren and Jared Boll haad a spririted scrap midway through the first period and Ryane Clowe and Mike Commodore fought halfway through the second.

Lappy set to retire

Something we’ll give more attention to soon, but I had to make mention here of Ian Laperriere and his probable retirement:

Laperriere told the Courier-Post on Wednesday that two doctors advised him to retire because of post-concussion symptoms.

The Flyers have not filed retirement papers with the NHL but are expected to offer Laperriere a position with the club.

“If this is it, I had a hell of a run,” Laperriere said. “I played a long time and played a lot of games and met a lot of nice people . . . It is what it is and I wouldn’t change anything.”

A great run, indeed.  Hockey or not, may his symptoms disappear quickly.

Videos added

Sheldon Brookbank vs Brad Stuart Oct 8, 2010 x2
Corey Perry vs Pavel Datsyuk Oct 8, 2010 x2
Ryane Clowe vs Mike Commodore Oct 8, 2010
Frazer McLaren vs Jared Boll Oct 8, 2010
Eric Nystrom vs Tom Kostopoulos Oct 8, 2010

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