Kevin Bieksa Goes Gordie Howe in Canucks Win
Bieksa's fight opponent was an unlikely Patrick Marleau, who hasn't fought since January of 2007.
Bieksa and Marleau exchanged crosschecks near the boards in the Sharks zone and as the puck was in the corner the two dropped the gloves after Marleau issued the invite. Bieksa easily, and expectedly, handled Marleau, but it's not the type of fight Marleau has to win.
Asked how the fight happened, Bieksa said, "I don't know what started it. Just two guys battling. Turned out to be a good battle. He did a good job. After that, he skated to the box. It was fine."
Bieksa said he wasn't going to comment on Ben Eager calling him a phoney for fighting Marleau.
When asked if he was surprised Marleau dropped the gloves, Bieksa commented, "Well, maybe a little bit at first. But he's a big boy. I thought he did a good job. For a guy that has been criticized in the media often, most recently, I thought he did a good job of battling, sticking up for himself."
"Like I said, it was just two guys battling. It's good for the game. We're happy with the way the outcome was."
"Well, obviously we've all known that Kevin is a character guy and a real competitor. That's what he did tonight. That's what he's done for us consistently this year," said Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault.
He added, "On the Marleau fight, it was Marleau that dropped the glove it wasn't Kevin Bieksa. Eager was ranting and raving at his bench, he was going berserk. It wasn't Kevin that dropped the mitts, it was Marleau that dropped the mitts. Not sure what he was supposed to do there."
Bieksa's goal put the Canucks ahead 3-2 in the second period, about six minutes before the fight. He then earned his assist on the next goal in the third period, which wound up being the game winner.
When Ben Eager went to the penalty box with 2:33 left in the third, he didn't get the Green Men, but he did get an eyeful from a Canuck fan who lifted up everything she had up top and pressed it against the glass. An invitation to come back again soon, I'm sure. I'll pass this one over to Puck Daddy.
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