Tootoo Reignites Sharks-Preds

| David M Singer

Sometimes all you need is a punch from Jordin Tootoo to get things going.

Mid-way through the second period Tootoo wasn’t fond of a hit Brad Staubitz put on him.  They turned to look at each other, as though they were about to square off, and before you know it Tootoo’s popped him and Staubitz is on the ice.  Players gather, and as Staubitz is getting back up, sans gloves, Greg de Vries and Jody Shelley were having a go.  Those two had a closer-than-expected tilt, and Staubitz was never able to get at Tootoo.

Fast forward to the third period. Scott Nichol and Joe Thornton decide to have a crosschecking contest before throwing punches.  The much taller Thornton easily held off Nichol, who threw Thornton down fairly quickly.  Right off the ensuing faceoff – in fact, almost before the faceoff, Staubitz is ready to drop the gloves with Tootoo.  They have a real scrap this time, but it’s not quite done yet.  Off of the very next faceoff in the Sharks zone, the puck goes back to de Vries.  He takes a shot which is covered up by Brian Boucher.  Shelley was already skating over to de Vries to reacquaint himself, and these two go at it once more.  Things weren’t so even this time around, and Shelley landed a monster uppercut on de Vries, sending him off for repairs.

If any of this feels a little familiar, there’s good reason.  In the spring of 2007 a couple of similar incidents happened.  Against the Stars Tootoo one-punched Stephane Robidas (second video).  The Sharks and Predators aren’t too shy with one another either.  One of their playoff games in ‘07 had a trio of fights.  Things were pretty tame last season between the two teams, with only one fight in the four games played against one another: Darcy Hordichuk vs Jody Shelley Feb 9, 2008.

A sigh of relief

Jason Arnott was taken to the hospital at the end of the first period of last night’s game.  Luckily there was an update later in the night that he was released quickly and should be ready to return to action soon.

Videos added

Jody Shelley vs Greg de Vries Round 2 Nov 17, 2008
Brad Staubitz vs Jordin Tootoo Nov 17, 2008
Joe Thornton vs Scott Nichol Nov 17, 2008
Jody Shelley vs Greg de Vries Round 1 Nov 17, 2008
Shawn Thornton vs Jamal Mayers Nov 17, 2008
Zack Stortini vs Darren McCarty Nov 17, 2008
Rob Davison vs Tim Jackman Nov 17, 2008

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