It was a relatively slow trade deadline for the NHL. The New York Rangers, the team on top of the fighting major leaders list, added the massive John Scott to the roster by sending a fifth round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blueshirts took on their Hudson River Rivals last night. The game was got rougher in the second period and there were two fights towards the end.
The Rangers shutout the Devils 2-0. There was a combined total of only 27 shots.
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The NHLPA and CBC conducted a player poll with a variety of questions ranging from fastest shot (in case anyone wants to disagree with a machine) to which player would you start a franchise with. Also asked: Should the instigator rule be abolished?
Each season 98% of players said fighting should not be completely banished, the phrasing taken directly from the question.
Sunday was Hockey Day in America, so says the NHL & NBC Sports, and fans witnessed a few good scraps.
In one of the early games, Ryane Clowe out-matched a very willing Justin Abdelkader in a spirited bout. This was the 13th fighting major of the season for the Detroit Red Wings, matching their 2010-11 total. Seven of those fights have come within the past month.
Shawn Thornton took on the much larger Matt Kassian. At first the fight looked like it was going to be all Kassian, but Thornton was able to hang on, get position and the two started going back and forth. It was a long one, testing Kassian's stamina, Thornton's being well-documented.
No matter what the standings look like, what's a Montreal-Boston game without some fistic action? Ryan White and Adam McQuaid let the haymakers fly last night, adding yet another battle into this rich rivalry.
About 15 minutes into the game the two combatants dropped the mitts after a save by Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas. Both players landed some heavy shots in a fight where defense was nearly non-existent with fists flying from over, under and behind each player.
Ottawa Senators forward Zack Smith decided once wasn't enough last night when his club squared off with the Florida Panthers. Smith fought veteran middleweight Matt Bradley half-way into the second period in a very technical fight. He then engaged the big, young blue-liner Tyson Strachan, late in the game.
Valentine's Day 2012 marked something seldom seen in the NHL this year: a true heavyweight clash.
Young Minnesota Wild enforcer Matt Kassian squared off against veteran NHL fighter George Parros of the Anaheim Ducks. It started off pretty open, with both players landing solid shots before it digressed into grappling.
This marks Matt Kassian's steepest challenge of the year, and it comes against a club in Anaheim that is one of only a handful of teams to carry a legitimate heavyweight enforcer these days.
This was George Parros' first fight since December 26th and only his seventh fight all season. Last season he had a total of 27, with seven of those FMs coming before Thanksgiving. Matt Kassian has moved into the tough guy role due to the demotion of Brad Staubitz to Houston. He's had a hard time finding dance partners and this was only his fourth fight of the year, the first since taking on Darcy Hordichuk twice in the same game in December.
With how things tighten up down the stretch with teams battling for playoff spots, fights between heavyweights like Parros and Kassian could be close to done for the season.
There is no love lost between divisional rivals St. Louis and Columbus. Last night we saw another chapter added as Derek Dorsett and B.J. Crombeen dropped the gloves for a middleweight duel. It was a locked-out, technical, right-hand battle that had few punches thrown and fewer landed.
About halfway through the first period the two dropped the mitts, and Brown put Rinaldo down with a flurry of right hands. With two more games between the rivals in March, this may not be the only time RInaldo gets his shot at Brown.
Scott Hartnell and Dion Phaneuf also threw down when Hartnell didn’t take too kindly to Phaneuf giving him a hack as he scored the first goal of the game. It was a short bout with more grappling than punching.
As for the fight itself, Lapierre used his reach to negate most of Clutterbuck’s punches while landing over and under rights. In the end, it was the Canucks agitator getting the best of the Minnesota agitator. Shame it wasn't a mustache contest.
Amidst the parties for the Super Bowl (interest in the game sometimes secondary), there was a good amount of hockey being played over the weekend and a few highlights to point you towards.
Ilya Kovalchuk had seven NHL fights going into Saturday afternoon's game against the Flyers. Not many, but probably more would expect from the skilled Russian. He's fared well in a few of them, too. When Flyers rookie Brayden Schenn skated away from a scrum, dropping the gloves against New Jersey's highest-paid player, he probably didn't expect the challenge that was coming. Kovalchuk was able to whip Schenn around before sending him to the ice with a big right hand.
The two had a big battle Saturday with McGrattan landing some big uppercuts at the end. The fight was a positive for both men: McGrattan cementing his place as one of the league's best, and Reaves proving he can stand in there with anyone.
No one's expecting Tom Sestito to net three goals in a game any time soon, but three fights? Done. Sunday afternoon's Flyers-Rangers game was reminiscent of the rivalry's past with a total of 7 goals and 4 fights.
After that, Sestito had a fight per period versus Brandon Dubinsky, Bickel, and Brandon Prust, respectively. Sestito's fight against Prust came only 1:35 into the third period. Sestito was given a game misconduct for having a third fight and was ejected.
Sestito's final stat line read: 25 PIMs, 2 hits in 7 shifts, 3:48 TOI.