Derek Boogaard’s Big Return
Last night wasn’t Derek Boogaard‘s first game this season, but it was his first with a fight. Boogaard accepted an offer to go from David Koci, who looked like he realized what a mess he was in a few seconds too late. The Avalanche list Koci at 6’6” and 238 lbs. Even if they’re being generous with an inch, he looked quite small compared to the monstrous Boogaard. It was a long layoff in the fistic department for Boogaard as he hadn’t dropped the gloves since January. Apparently that was no issue as Boogaard easily handled the tough Czech.
There were a few other good bouts last night. Krys Barch and George Parros went back and forth in Anaheim. Francis Wathier played in his first NHL game and got into his first fight, against Mike Brown. Scott Walker and Brendan Witt had a good go mid-way through the first period of the Islanders first win of the season (a shootout).