Highlighting yesterday's action was an All-Star fight between Joe Thornton and Jamie Benn. Midway through the second period Thornton gave Benn some stick, had some words and then squared off in the most dramatic fashion. After disgarding each piece of equipment individually and casually placing helmets on the ice they grabbed a hold of one another and fired some non-casual shots. A fierce back and forth, it was 20 seconds of action before they fell to the ice.
This was Thornton's second fight in eight days. Since the 2003-04 season he's only had two fights in a season once.
Benn assisted on Dallas' go-ahead goal late in the second period and then scored late in the third to make it 3-1, putting the game out of reach for the San Jose Sharks with little time left. A Gordie Howe Hat Trick and a huge impact in the Dallas Stars win. Thornton had an assist on the Sharks lone goal.
Simmonds scored mid-way through the first period to tie the game 2-2. Less than 40 seconds later Simmonds emerged from a scrum with Tanner Glass. Simmonds was able to get off the first few punches, and then Glass gained his composure and fired back. It was a good, entertaining scrap that left the crowd in a frenzy.
With only ten seconds left in the second period Simmonds completed the GHHT by assisting on Jakub Voracek's first goal of the night.
There were only two fights last night, but they were two open, entertaining scraps with game-impact.
The first dust-up took place between the bitter New York rivals with Atlantic Division drifter, now New York Ranger, Arron Asham and the New York Islanders' Eric Boulton dropping the gloves. It lasted 40 seconds and was a give-and-take, toe-to-toe battle. Islanders color man Butch Goring said the fight was a turning point for the Islanders play in the post-game report.
The second affair featured two big heavyweights exchanging colossal shots as the Toronto Maple Leafs' Colton Orr and Carolina Hurricanes' Kevin Westgarth engaged in battle. The fight was less than three minutes into the game and the two had an all-out haymaker contest featuring heavy shots to the head and uncommon body shots.
McGinn and Mark Stuart had an impromptu meeting during the second period of Flyers-Jets. Stuart started with rights early before McGinn tagged him with a couple in a quick but eventful tilt. A period later, McGinn scored the third and deciding goal for Philadelphia.
Moen exchanged shoves and words with B.J. Crombeen before shedding the mitts in the second frame of Habs-Bolts. Minutes after serving his time in the box, Moen returned to the ice and lit the lamp for Montreal.
Three games on Monday night produced a total of six fights, two scraps per.
Matt Pelech took advantage of a last-minute call up and dropped the gloves with Jared Boll at the start of Sharks-Jackets. They were followed minutes later with a one-sided tilt involving Derek Dorsett and Adam Burish.
With their 15th & 16th fights of the season the Blue Jackets already have more fighting majors than the Red Wings had all of last season.
Wade Redden fought for the first time in the NHL since January 17, 2010 in a quick dust-up with Jordan Nolan in response to a Nolan hit on Vladimir Tarasenko in the middle of during Kings-Blues. Another hit caused Vladimir Sobotka to go after Trevor Lewis following a check from behind later in the game.
At the start of the period, Brandon Prust dropped the gloves and met Mark Fraser at center ice in an attempt to swing the momentum for Montreal. As was the theme for the night, Fraser mounted more offense in a bout that took place primarily in the spin cycle. Six minutes later, Mike Kostka grappled with Brendan Gallagher after Gallagher knocked Dion Phaneuf into James Reimer. It was the first NHL regular season fight for both players.
Things intensified after another Toronto goal. Colton Orr took a run at Tomas Plekanec. Orr was greeted by Rene Bourque and Bourque was promptly dropped to the ice with a right hand, earning Orr a trip to the locker room. Away from the scrum, Josh Gorges did his best to hold his own against Frazer McLaren.
However, the biggest story out of the game came out of a scrum in between fights, during which Max Pacioretty is claiming that Mikhail Grabovski bit him on the wrist. Grabovski met with the league today and will not be disciplined due to a lack of evidence.
Raffi Torres played his first game against the Blackhawks since last year's quarterfinal playoff series with the Coyotes on Thursday night and was forced to drop the gloves two and a half minutes into the game by Jamal Mayers.
You may remember that Torres was sidelined with a 25-game suspension after a questionable hit on Marian Hossa during game three of that series. Torres missed the remainder of Phoenix's playoff run. His suspension was reduced to 21 games over the summer and he returned to action last weekend after missing the first eight games of this season.
As for the fight, both Torres and Mayers each threw their fair share of right hands, but only a few hit the mark and the two hit the ice after a few moments. After the game, Mayers said that he assumed Torres knew that it was coming. Video of him discussing the scrap can be seen after the jump.
Early on in the game B.J. Crombeen and Zac Rinaldo bumped after a whistle and opted to drop the gloves. They exchanged right hands in a spirited tilt until Rinaldo cracked Crombeen with a punch that crumpled him, sending him towards the ice. Rinaldo added two more while Crombeen was down to a knee and the linesmen stepped in. Crombeen had a tough time getting up and to the box. He was sent to the back for observation was kept out as a precaution.
The teams exchanged some words afterwards. Later on, a frustrated Vinny Lecavalier tussled with Max Talbot at center ice and the two dropped them. A relatively uneventful scrap took a turn once Talbot hit the ice and Lecavalier snuck in a pair of short punches, likely retaliation for Rinaldo's extra shots on Crombeen.
Rinaldo talked to referee Kelly Sutherland about the end of his fight with Crombeen after he left the penalty box. A mic'd up Rinaldo can be seen after the jump.
Early in the second period Parros took on monstrous heavyweight John Scott. Scott locked out Parros when he could, but the two still exchanged some carefully timed punches before Scott lost his balance, ending the fight.
Shortly after the fighting major penalty expired Parros took a drop pass from Stephen Weiss and put it past Ryan Miller. Parros finished the day a +2.
Parros spoke about his day with the Sun-Sentinel, saying he'll leave calling any winner of the fight up to us: