There were three lengthy fights last night.
In the Ducks-Stars game Brad May and Krys Barch went for the fourth time this season. Two of the other fights are among the top rated fights of the season, and this one will likely come close to them in voting. “Wanna make a highlight reel?”
Lastly, Derek Boogaard got into his first scrap since Nov 23. His opponent then, and last night, was Jody Shelley, although Shelley switched team jerseys in-between. Boogaard didn’t look rusty, maintaining control throughout the bout.
Attenzione! Carcillo vicino
Tuesday’s Coyotes-Oilers game led to a couple of articles yesterday about Daniel Carcillo from up north.
Jim Matheson of The Edmonton Journal defines Carcillo as the new breed of tough guy
Carcillo is essentially the new breed of the NHL tough guy. He can play a regular shift, skate and shoot, get on your nerves and he likes to fight. He’s not your true night watchman because he doesn’t weigh 260 pounds like Laraque or Boogaard or Raitis Ivanans.
“I tried to fight Ivanans once ... he tagged me one and I was gone. I cut him, so I was pretty happy, though,” said Carcillo.
Mark Spector of the National Post declares Carcillo a new breed of fighter (see a trend?).
Carcillo states that coach Wayne Gretzky isn’t really concerned about the fighting as much as his post-penalty penalties: mostly Carcillo mouthing off and picking up extras.
An interesting tidbit towards the end of Spector’s article:
Laraque predicts that the NHLPA will vote to push for the abolition of the instigator rule. The topic was addressed during new NHLPA head Paul Kelly’s fall tour, and will come up again at the union’s summer meetings. Should Kelly get the go-ahead from his players, he could then approach the league about dropping the instigator.
And Laraque thinks that could end the trend towards players like Carcillo.
“That’s their job - to draw penalties. Now [without the instigator penalty] you can beat the piss out of the people who do that, and not get two minutes extra,” Laraque said. “Most of the guys in league, they hate these agitators.”
Note that the two clips on the Avery-Clarkson page contain basically the same video, but one has Doc and Chico announcing (MSG+) and the other has Sam and Joe (MSG).
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