Bruins and Canadiens Battle Once More
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.
Double dip of Smith
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.
Rounding it out
Vancouver forward Byron Bitz fought Colorado agitator Cody McLeod in a spirited altercation. Bitz sent McLeod down early, let him up and then landed a colossal bomb that snapped McLeod's head back. Credit to McLeod for staying upright after taking that shot.
During the Edmonton-Toronto game, veteran pugilists Mike Brown and Ben Eager almost went before the faceoff, but kept emotion in check before going legally after the puck dropped in a one-sided fight. Eager had Brown off-balance from the start and continued to throw punches until Brown was forced to go for the takedown, prompting the linesmen to step in.