Early in the first period two recent call-ups, the massive John Scott and well-traveled Joel Rechlicz dropped the gloves and traded big shots. Scott, the collegian, used his pterodactyl wing to his advantage, while Wrecker tried to fight through his own helment smacking him around to reach his opponent.
In the second, Brendan Witt was making James Sheppard pay the price in front of the net, and a few pushes and gloved whacks later, they started exchanging punches. Despite having vastly different reputations, the two have the same amount of fighting majors this season: three.
After Maxim Afinogenov scored an empty-netter to put the Sabres on top for good, Keith Ballard decides to follow-though with his check and Nathan Horton doesn’t get out of the way of it and gives Afinogenov a shove as well. A scrum ensues and Craig Rivet winds up getting Ballard away from the pack, knocking him down a couple of times before a ref steps in.
After being stopped on his way to the net, Matt Hendricks got into his first NHL fight in the Avs-Ducks game. Hendricks took on Sheldon Brookbank after a whistle stopped play. The two had a quick, even fight.
Sheldon Brookbank vs Matt Hendricks Mar 25, 2009
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John Scott vs Joel Rechlicz Mar 25, 2009
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