December 19, 2013
1st Period - 4:19
2013-2014 Regular Season
Voting Results
Chuck Kobasew 47.6% (40 votes)
Keith Ballard 29.8% (25 votes)
Draw 22.6% (19 votes)

Past User Reviews
Posted by kkdowning on December 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM

That was a legitimate hip check -- it was not overly low. I guess guys are worried about their knees. Anyway, Ballard controlled the fight until he went down to his knees and Kobasew got in 2 late shots.

Posted by Crazy Rabbi on December 21, 2013 at 07:30 PM

Win Ballard, how anyone can give it to Kobasew is beyond me. The only shots he connected with were thrown when Ballard was on his knees. Once again the penguins demonstrating why they are such a bunch of whinging pussies. Two good clean hits by Ballard, nothing wrong with them. You'd think with all the dirty play the Penguins get up to, that they would be a bit more battle hardened and able to take a good hit, but obviously not.

Posted by loneranger on December 20, 2013 at 02:01 PM

not much of a fight but I'm giving Ballard props for a great check. Nothing dirty and nothing to apologize for. That was a beautiful hip check, wish we saw more like that

Posted by ironbar44 on December 20, 2013 at 01:05 PM

BALLARD throws low checks .he better be ready to answer.

Posted by RepublicofHonor on December 22, 2013 at 07:40 AM

Clean hip check from Ballard, I gotta give him props for 2 fights in one game, defending his hits. The fight was more of a tug of war. No winner but on the bright side no loser either!

Posted by Behn Wilson on December 20, 2013 at 02:49 PM

Kobasew seemed to take more of a beating from the hit than Ballard did in losing a "tuggy" fight In today's NHL when you're 5"11... every hip check is low It's also dying art so a little respect for those who still can seems appropriate

Posted by DARCY T on December 21, 2013 at 04:52 AM

nice hip check...ballard early,kobasew fine with votes for kobasew as well after his strong finish

Posted by francoisleroux on December 20, 2013 at 01:13 PM

I give the fight a 5, and the hit a 9. Not sure where all the votes for Kobasew come from, seemed like a draw to me, they each landed a couple, and then Kobasew dragged Ballard down. Love the hit. Apparently the refs didn't like the hit, hence no instigator??

Posted by EK65 on December 20, 2013 at 02:50 PM

Ballard with a nice hit! Neither guy really an experienced fighter yet put on an entertaining draw!

Posted by wbgodem on December 20, 2013 at 03:41 PM

Ballard laid him out with a beautiful hip-check so Kobasew had to fight him. What a wuss!

Posted by hughcares on December 20, 2013 at 11:21 AM

So the moron announcer seems to take pride in saying Ballard likes to go low on the hits. I wonder if he thinks it's good to hit a guy from behind and drive his head into the boards as well?

Posted by ghjkfdhgfd on December 20, 2013 at 07:10 PM


Posted by staceyb on December 20, 2013 at 01:59 PM

Nothing wrong with the old Eastern Hockey League style hip check (mastered by the Grey Ghost John Brophy) by Ballard, unlike the Neal incident. Kobasew missed his chance to clock his adversary with a left but he still took the fight. To lose to a palooka like Ballard on home ice would have led to relentless heckling from his teammates.

Posted by shawn46 on December 20, 2013 at 03:15 PM

Did look like Chuck ever saw one of those checks before based on his hand stand.... Agreed it is an art lost to the old EHL...

Posted by bigmike53 on December 20, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Kobasew gets his panties in a bunch after a clean hit by Ballard. Kobasew comes on late for the nod.

Posted by srehm1 on December 22, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Ballard went down at the end and Kobasew lands a few while he's down. Win Kobasew.

Posted by kryon24 on December 21, 2013 at 10:54 AM

That was a PERFECT hip check that apparently Kobe did not like. Hit was much better than the supposed fight. Why was there a fight in the first place? Can't hit anyone cleanly these days? At least Kobe fended for himself. Draw in this boring slow dance.

Posted by Great Murray on December 20, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Trying to take knees is dirty in every contact sport. Ballard does it twice and gets whipped for it twice.

Posted by tpr1960 on December 21, 2013 at 09:39 AM

Another great hit !!!!

Posted by nuckles88 on December 20, 2013 at 02:22 PM

Chuck does nothing until Ballard slips at the end and gets two punches to his upper back and helmet. Doesn't count as a win for chuck so I gave it a draw. That was a clean hip check and it's stupid Ballard has to fight twice over clean hits. Quit crying Pittsburgh

Posted by endor on December 20, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Beautiful hip check by Ballard. Bush league shots by Kobasew after Ballard was on his knees.....the only shots he landed!! W to Ballard

Posted by Jreedy24 on December 20, 2013 at 01:52 PM

Kobasew just wanted a hug! waits until Ballard is on the ice to start swinging

Posted by Bear72 on December 21, 2013 at 09:37 AM

Clean check and win for Ballard wonder what fight the Pens fans saw

Posted by Jesticle on December 21, 2013 at 03:08 PM

Ballard won. These helmet fights are so lame and will hurt more hands than anything. What a stupid rule.

Posted by J.R. Abel on December 20, 2013 at 08:07 PM

3 fights in this game and they were all garbage.

Posted by Mounty in NC on December 20, 2013 at 09:45 PM

Ballard with another low and questionable hip check. I think Ballard is lucky Kobs decided to fight him instead Ulf's son!!!

Posted by CG3 on December 20, 2013 at 08:27 PM

Didn't realize until I saw the stats that this is the third time these two have fought, and with their third different team each.

Posted by pvdrummer2000 on December 23, 2013 at 03:11 AM

Ballard paid for a GREAT hip check.

Posted by Humper on December 20, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Kobasew with a close win in an unnecessary fight.

Posted by Amerkfan8 on December 20, 2013 at 06:55 PM

Kobasew with the win after he got hit arm free. Great hip check there.

Posted by chad420 on December 20, 2013 at 11:47 AM

win KB toys

Posted by Renslips on December 20, 2013 at 01:18 PM

I have to admit, as much as I hate low hits his was a classic clean hipcheck by Ballard made worse-looking by Kobasew's attempt to avoid being hit Even though Ballard loses his feet at the end the only winners in this fight were the Russian judges in ice-dance because they got to see a VERY nice cartwheel entrance by Kobasew followed by some male hugging Draw and a 2 again

Posted by Pens3Cups on December 20, 2013 at 11:47 AM

kOBY with the decision