Drop the Puck, Drop the Gloves
In a continuing theme from opening weekend where Tanner Glass and Arron Asham decided to drop the mitts on the opening faceoff, we saw B.J. Crombeen and Matt Martin, and Joe Finley and Pierre-Cedric Labrie drop the gloves immediately in the Islanders-Lightning game at the same time. Both of these fights were decent little tilts ending in draws. Not to be outdone, the Detroit Red Wings picked up their first fight of the year when newcomer Jordin Tootoo took on Jared Boll of the Columbus Blue Jackets on the opening face off. Boll, using his size advantage, decisively beat his Red Wing counterpart in a one-sided fight.
Colton Orr's return
It has been well over a year since Colton Orr last had an NHL fight. During the lockout, rumors of Orr refocusing, getting leaner and chomping at the bit to return to the Toronto Maple Leafs surfaced. When it was announced he made the Leafs roster all the hard work paid off; and Orr reminded fans what he was originally signed for when dropped the mitts with 6'8" Buffalo Sabres enforcer John Scott. The heavyweight bout was even until Orr landed a right hand to the ribs, dropping Scott to his knees and forcing an end to the fight.
The two remaining fights from last night featured Keaton Ellerby of the Florida Panthers and Zack Smith of the Ottawa Senators square off after Ellerby steam rolled Smith coming out of his defensive zone. Smith proceeded to then beat Ellerby into the ice. It was Ellerby's first regular season NHL fight. And finally, we return to Toronto where Marcus Foligno of the Sabres and Mark Fraser of the Leafs had a go. The bout ended quickly in a draw after a couple punches and a takedown.
Marcus Foligno vs Mark Fraser Jan 21, 2013
Keaton Ellerby vs Zack Smith Jan 21, 2013
Jordin Tootoo vs Jared Boll Jan 21, 2013
John Scott vs Colton Orr Jan 21, 2013
B.J. Crombeen vs Matt Martin Jan 21, 2013
Pierre-Cedric Labrie vs Joe Finley Jan 21, 2013
Ben Eager vs Zack Kassian Jan 20, 2013
Brandon Bollig vs Paul Bissonnette Jan 20, 2013
Tanner Glass vs Arron Asham Jan 20, 2013
Scott Hartnell vs Drew Stafford Jan 20, 2013