December 21, 2014
1st Period - 14:08
2014-2015 Regular Season
Voting Results
Matt Bartkowski 5% (8 votes)
Marcus Foligno 75.6% (121 votes)
Draw 19.4% (31 votes)

Past User Reviews
Posted by Canner on December 21, 2014 at 08:30 PM

More Bruins embarrassment Really, couldn't Chiahead have at least picked up Jay Harrison to help their soft, mushy D ??? If you're going to dress a team full or marginal/AHL players, at least get tough ones who have some grit, not like Bartman here or all these other marshmallows the Bs are dressing these days. W Marcus

Posted by boldbilly on December 21, 2014 at 09:20 PM

Typical Bruin bull $hit......Foligno makes the jerk pay , but not enough in my opinion ........Another case of a Bruin avoiding a suspension ? lets just wait and see what the league doles out here....what a joke . Win Foligno......Bartkowski was very tough when he was targeting the smallest player in the league.......not so tough when someone his own size confronted him....loser.

Posted by Behn Wilson on December 22, 2014 at 12:43 AM

Uneventful fight preceeded by a spectacular hit and highlighted by Foligno's lack of hesitation

Posted by Langway on December 21, 2014 at 09:41 PM

The fact that this fight has such a high draw rating means there's way too many Boston fans on this site choosing their guy inexplicably. Obvious win for Foligno.

Posted by bubba24 on December 26, 2014 at 03:24 PM

To the 2/3's of you, I enjoy your constructive reviews. To the other 1/3, perhaps you would like this site renamed the "Bruin's Hater's" site, or, the "Montreal/Toronto Fan Club" site. This site is fast becoming a joke due to the partisan bashing/voting. It would be nice to come here and enjoy a good scrap, vote on said scrap, share a review solely based on that particular scrap, and first and foremost, do so respectfully. It is painfully obvious that the haters (the same all the time and you know who you are), have never achieved a decent level of hockey, and overcompensate by bashing others. The one fight I would love to vote on and review, would be the impotent clowns who refer to Lucic as "Lucie", vs. Milan himself. Other than that, bad suicide pass, good on Gionta for trying to tip it out anyways, good on Foligno sticking up for his teammate, the hit may be questionable, but good on Bartkowski answering the call for the hit, slight edge Foligno.

Posted by Amerkfan8 on December 21, 2014 at 08:56 PM

Foligno wins the fight. He needed to after making that buddy pass. You can't set guys up like that. I doubt there will be any discipline, it seems kinda borderline. Of course if the sweaters were reversed it would be worth about 7 games for a first time offender but that's life I guess.

Posted by EK65 on December 22, 2014 at 03:49 PM

Marcus gave his captain a suicide pass. Bartkowski steps up in a way that would have been an unquestioned normal type of hit 5-10 years ago. Good for Foligno to atleast try and seek revenge for his own mistake. There used to be a time when passes like that were rectified by a 2 hand slash to the ankles by the receiving player upon returning to the bench. Brian Flyin Gionta Fight was Foligno & 4

Posted by jnk07899 on December 22, 2014 at 11:38 AM

How were there more than 2 votes for a draw??? Let's go voters. Have some credibility.

Posted by Rebel1400 on December 22, 2014 at 08:12 PM

Decent fight..

Posted by McGuffin on December 24, 2014 at 12:35 AM

First of all Foligno is a DUMBASS for making that pass. He should have punched himself for that. Gionta never touched the puck. Obvious interference call on Bartkowski. Not sure as to the principal point of contact, but he plowed Gionta with the puck not in the vicinity. The fight is irrelevant. Can't possibly give Foligno the win because his stupid pass resulted in his own player getting destroyed.

Posted by lostgull on December 22, 2014 at 06:56 AM

Lots of cheap hit comments here. Looked shoulder to shoulder to me, maybe a little late, but not a John Scott head hunter hit like some of the obvious Sabers fans are saying. Maybe Gionta should stick to golf if he can't keep his head up.

Posted by Kaner88 on December 21, 2014 at 09:35 PM

Good on Foligno to stand up for the captain. That being said, that's what happens when a 6'+ d'man hits a runt like Gionta. I don't think he was trying to take his head off. That was a great open ice hit that the game doesn't see anymore.

Posted by Bostonfinity on December 22, 2014 at 02:07 PM

Haha Bart got no discipline from the league for this hit. Wooo.

Posted by beandip on December 21, 2014 at 11:24 PM

lot of cry baby comments on the site these days.. Borderline hit at best.. Ten years ago you had at least 5 hits like this a game.. Win Foligno

Posted by ghjkfdhgfd on December 26, 2014 at 11:59 AM


Posted by Jellyczar on December 27, 2014 at 09:54 AM

Foligno wins the fight as the Bruins need to toughen up their line up.... Foligno should be sat down by Nolan by stringing out his line mate for the nasty hit....

Posted by orangecuse on December 22, 2014 at 08:16 PM

Iffy hit but again a Sabre beats the big bad Bruin these Sabres are not like 2 years ago they will go as Bartkowski found out.

Posted by mudman55 on December 22, 2014 at 07:36 AM

Foligno wins the bout. And whether or not this was a "clean" hit, I personally don't like it. This is the type of hit that they are trying to get rid of, and it's emblematic of the lack of respect that exists among players these days. I remember the footage of some of the stuff in the old days- A guy would clip another in the head with a stick and immediately apologize and check to see if he was OK. You can have physicality with humanity, and this hit and the others like it are a product of the culture that has been fostered in the NHL. You want to get rid of this type of stuff? Start with the coaches who don't like players who don't "finish their checks".

Posted by rinkrat38 on December 25, 2014 at 08:02 PM

Definitely the edge to Foligno. But against an American college kid who had never had an NHL fight. Thought Bartkowski would get killed, but he hung in there against a much more experienced fighter. Give him credit for manning up and trying to fight.

Posted by jthelly on December 21, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Foligno wins. Hit was huge though. May have caught head, but that's the middle for ya. Props to Foligno for standing up for his captain.

Posted by DARCY T on January 10, 2015 at 10:22 AM

bartkowski got his 1st nhl fight and foligno got the win.but it didnt look impressive at all gionta flew like a little toy in the air

Posted by von_swine on December 22, 2014 at 05:07 AM

'A Shogun Named Marcus' wants his pound of flesh after the Bruin annihilates his teammate,..shame he only came away with about a 1/4 lb.. big hit, you like to see BIG retaliation...(personally speaking) Bartkowski was a bit too ready and no glass jaw to be found for a quick folding of the envelope.. still, #82 FTW, but only because he had a hell of a jump to get it started...

Posted by rocky 1 on December 22, 2014 at 12:26 AM

Hit was a little late on little Gionta! Good guy in Foligno to stand up. Foligno with the edge!

Posted by candogg on December 22, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Good hit. Bruins haters here are funny. Keep your head up in hockey. You are taught this in Mites.

Posted by ironbar44 on December 21, 2014 at 09:47 PM

didn't pay enough for that cheap shot ,

Posted by shawnrocks on December 21, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Bart lays down a brutal hit... accidental head shot then gets pounded by foligno and takes it all throws a few back and never goes down.. not bad my beloved bruins have gone the same wrong direction a few other teams have tried. smaller faster guys will never win a cup.

Posted by bigmike53 on December 21, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Foligno leads Gionta with a suicide pass and Gionta gets plastered by Bartkowski. The hit was late and Foligno responds accordingly. Foligno gets the win in the ensuing scrap.

Posted by mr. puttzo on December 21, 2014 at 11:36 PM

No contest, Bartkowski got his ass kicked

Posted by Mayor on December 22, 2014 at 01:03 AM

Dirty hit by Bartkowski and the proper response by Foligno.

Posted by SirLancelot on December 22, 2014 at 09:19 AM

good to stick for the captain right away. on teams that arent together they just would of stood around.

Posted by SURESHOT27 on December 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Way to go Bruins way to go. I'm going to laugh so hard when these chumps don't make the playoffs.

Posted by doobi1 on December 22, 2014 at 01:08 AM

Four punches does not constitute a win. Win to Foligno.

Posted by claire alexande on December 23, 2014 at 01:02 AM

Perfectly clean hit, but I can see Foligno standing up for his diminutive skipper. Called fight as a draw, although scoring it a close win for Foligno would be defensible.

Posted by CantSkate on December 22, 2014 at 12:01 AM

Borderline bad hit because Foligno's crappy pass left his too short Captain out to dry. Foligno should have punched himself in the face a few times.

Posted by Robertm2 on December 24, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Ted Nolan announced Foligno had broken his hand in the fight in case any Bruins fans think Bartkowski injured him. The ONLY reason Bartowski didn't get the crap beat out of him is because of it. This explains why he started strong but kind of hung on at the end. Win foligno nonetheless.

Posted by Humper on December 22, 2014 at 09:02 AM

Foligno seeks revenge for the nasty hit, and to a degree gets it by outpointing Bartkowski. However, the retribution was not exactly full payback by any means.

Posted by kkdowning on December 23, 2014 at 12:21 AM

When Brick states that a Bruin's check "was pretty high" -- you know it has to be a head shot. Good retribution scrap -- those are rare these days -- as Foligno does the family name proud. Bartkowski staged a late comeback, but not enough in my view.

Posted by pvdrummer2000 on December 24, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Foligno had bad intentions here. Nice scrap and Bartkowski did a nice job attempting a comeback, but I give the W to Marcus.

Posted by rgnomsayin on December 22, 2014 at 05:59 PM

obvious win for foligno, boston fans really do think that these votes on fights matter though, given so many "draw" ballots. seriously, bart knew he lost the fight, everyone did, but i guess this is srs business...

Posted by anthrojim on December 22, 2014 at 08:58 AM

Paybacks will be a bitch. Good job Foligno

Posted by Clowes ABeast29 on December 23, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Always like Marcus i would love to see him in teal would fit in nice 2nd/3rd line lw maybe on pp for sure on the pk and also stand up and win a fight lol which unless your last name is Scott is impossible make it happpen DW

Posted by King of Goons on December 22, 2014 at 03:54 AM

Now that John Scott is gone, ...the Bruins "courage" "magically" resurfaces. Dumb move, Sabres; you should have held on to your uber-goon.

Posted by Jez-x on December 21, 2014 at 08:50 PM

After cartwheeling Gionta with a awesome hit Bartkowski gets into his 1st NHL fight.Now yes he loses but for Foligno who is supposed to exact revenge he wasn't very convincing and not much of a fighter.

Posted by Great Murray on December 22, 2014 at 07:52 AM

The Boston homers try to turn this into a huge lie. Bartkowski made a hugely dirty hit for which he should get at least 3 games. Foligno lays into him and stays on him for the whole fight. Bartkowski throws 3 that don't land and gets sent to the showers. Instigator is pure bull chit. Even Brickhead said Jack was full of it and that Black Bart was in line for some trouble and got whipped.

Posted by Haleskii on December 21, 2014 at 08:47 PM

Wild fan here. Pretty even match. Slight nod to Foligno. Bartkowski's gonna get a couple games for that hit. Props to Foligno for not hesitating a second to stand up for a teammate that's been cheapshoted (that's probably not a real word).....

Posted by jciarametarojr on December 22, 2014 at 08:13 AM

Big hits on little guys are always dramatic, especially if they dont have thier head up! I dont think Bartkowski will get anything for it. Foligno started strong, but Bartkowski held his ground and was coming on later. One more round was needed.

Posted by mpdeane9 on December 22, 2014 at 11:52 PM

Just for bartowski somehow not getting his ass kicked is the reason for the draw. Foligno has had many career fights this is bartowski's first and is known as a soft player. I still can't believe he hung around in that fight and didn't get knocked out. Kind of a disappointing on folignos end.

Posted by Tquinn58 on December 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM

All you Boston haters keep yapping. Call your mother for more meatloaf!!! Great hit and clean. Folignos tampon must have come loose at the end!!!

Posted by bruins34 on December 22, 2014 at 07:31 AM

Win Foligno. The fight was closer than it should have been due to Bartkowski's strong skating ability. Great instant response from Foligno after a borderline but great hit. All the John Scott goofs should really tone it down. The lack of One-Dimensional's presence had zero to do with the hit. If you were familiar with the player and not just the sweater he's wearing, you'd know that the guy is not a physical player at all. A veteran got caught with his head down, Foligno responded like he should have, and took a closer than expected decision. It wasn't the battle for Middle Earth, cheese balls.

Posted by Hatebgred on December 22, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Eh not so sure that's an illegal hit. Anyways. Foligno comes in fast but flails around with no damage. Bartkowski gets a few weak ones in late. Uneventful draw with tons of Swinging and no damage done

Posted by BruinsAllDaySon on December 22, 2014 at 02:12 PM

Clean hit. Not my words, but the words of the NHL, so all the trolls can calm down. As for the fight, Win Foligno obviously, but I was impressed with Bartkowski in his first NHL bout - plenty of chances to end the fight or turtle or fall down etc. to a much larger opponent. He did nothing of the sort and hung in there ready to go for as long as Foligno could swing... What's the problem here? The amount of baseless hate against the Bruins is obnoxious, you people need to get out of your cave every once in a while. Go jump off a cliff or something.

Posted by Dammit-Man on December 22, 2014 at 04:17 PM

Draw and Boring as it gets... a Goon trying to beat up a Non Fighter for a Brutal but Clean hit...

Posted by English_Bruin on December 22, 2014 at 01:24 PM

Bruins fan here but Faglingo won that, but only just.

Posted by biddin on December 22, 2014 at 12:19 AM

If we look at the way gio's body moves after contact, we can clearly see that, had this been one of those hits that picks the head and makes it the principal point of contact, gio would have been rushed to the hospital with a broken neck, not skating off under his own power. This seems to rule out the possibility of this being an "illegal check to the head," as, although there is some head contact, most of the contact is shoulder to shoulder (as seen most clearly from the bench-side angle), with the cross-body angle of the hit causing gio's skates to fly out from under him and him to hit the ice violently face first. We also see that bart stepped up (after having been in a glide, this is also not a charge) at the attacking line after seeing a pass released intended for gionta, which gionta sees and reaches for immediately prior to contact. It's not clear that gio actually makes any contact with the puck, although it's clear bart does, and it hits his skate, so at least, since bart is eligible to be checked on this play, doesn't that allow him to make a hit as a "reverse check" without violating the interference rule? (note, i don't fault the on ice refs for the major and game for interference, as the hit did LOOK very bad in real time) We can also see that the elbow comes up after contact, not before, and bart's shoulder is the leading edge of the hit, so this is not elbowing. It also clearly isn't boarding, gio never hits the boards and the hit isn't from behind, it actually gets him in the shoulder and chest. The rules that typically protect players from hits that cause them to go head into the ice such as tripping and slew footing don't apply because the contact was all upper body. Roughing, although it seems to be called quite liberally in practice, especially when hits come up high, is actually defined as follows. 51.1 Roughing – Roughing is a punching motion with the hand or fist, with or without the glove on the hand, normally directed at the head or face of an opponent. This was a shoulder check, so there was no punching motion. Finally, although bart was a little reckless with the position of his stick (you like to see guys have the stick low and back) but there is not stick on body contact at any point during or after the hit, so it clearly can't be considered a stick foul. With all this in mind, with it being so difficult to determine which, if any, rule bart violated with this hit, is there really the expectation that he will get any supplementary discipline for it? If it weren't for all the screaming for bart's head, i'd expect that it'd be possible for his game misconduct to be rescinded by the league after the game... just a thought. As for the fight, it seems to be a lot of foligno early (to be expected, since his gloves were off before bartkowski even picked him up) and plenty of bart late, then suddenly both fighters let up and stand there for a bit and the linesmen step in. Then we learn foligno will not return with an upper body injury (upper body, not hand). Seems like bart hurt him (lots of hits to the back of the shoulder, maybe that was what did it) and then let him go. Win bart.

Posted by Cid on December 22, 2014 at 03:09 PM

Foligno didn't return either. Got hurt in the fight. Looks like tough guy Bart took out two Sabres in one go. No disciplinary action by the league. They too thought the hit was clean. 1. Shoulder to shoulder (no head contact) 2. Was not from behind. 3. Didn't leave skates. 4. No charge. 5. No deliberate intent to injure. A clean hockey hit.

Posted by petiepab1 on December 22, 2014 at 10:01 AM

The idea that this is a clean hit is ludicrous. Shoulder to the jaw and Gionta's head snaps before any other part of his body moves. It was vicious, dirty, and HUGE! Foligno very clearly wanted to rip Bart's head off, as he should, but Bart is able to keep Foligno to the outside a bit...Definitely way more punches thrown by Foligno, more of which landed than Barts to the back of Foligno's head. Win Foligno

Posted by dcmac on December 21, 2014 at 11:14 PM

Cheap shot. Foligno steps up and fights to a draw. Wonder what led up to the bad intent hit? It is what it is from a Bruin fan.

Posted by niftyweave on December 21, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Don't blame Bartkowski because Gionta is a midget. Gionta has a future in the WWE because he can take a fantastic bump.

Posted by kaboom29 on December 21, 2014 at 09:20 PM

All Foligno.. Dirty hit..

Posted by wallysy1 on December 21, 2014 at 08:49 PM

If bartkowski doesnt get some suspension for the cheap shot , it will just be the 23rd decision in a row where a Sabre (john scott, pat kaleta) get suspended as provocatuer, or where richards lucic etc injure a sabre and get nothing. Foligno is the type of guy you want on your team, and he shows it here well.

Posted by toy boy dan on December 22, 2014 at 07:19 AM

Not even close Foligno all the way, another cheep shot from the Bruins. Does anybody see how poor this Bruins team is?

Posted by pinney29 on December 21, 2014 at 09:15 PM

Foligno wins. It was a cheap shot on a captain.. Good response by Foligno.

Posted by glovedropper08 on December 21, 2014 at 09:12 PM

Foligno essentially pounds the cheap shotter.. Win Foligno. Horrible cheap hit..

Posted by pmarz1 on December 21, 2014 at 08:32 PM

Not sure I agree with the game misconduct nor the interference for Bartkowski. The puck was between Gionta's skates when the hit was made.This is why they need to be able to review the hit before they send a player off for the remainder of the game. I dont think he connects with his head on the hit, looked like shoulder to shoulder contact. Gionta wouldn't have been knocked backwards like that if that was a head shot. As for the fight, early on Foligno, Bartkowski came on late. draw

Posted by letsdance24 on December 22, 2014 at 01:13 PM

Bartkowski did nothing in fight, Boston homers call this a draw, come on..

Posted by canamrugby on December 21, 2014 at 09:12 PM

Two games for Bart Simpson's cheap shot. Foligno is starting to remind me a bit of old Jim Peplinski, a bit of skill and toughness if not a very good fighter.

Posted by woolly mammoth on December 21, 2014 at 11:51 PM

What'd ya know as Foligno pounces into attack mode to seek vengeance after a Bart Simpson dirty hit.

Posted by paddyd on December 22, 2014 at 10:46 AM

The hit was all head!

Posted by TheodoreRex on December 22, 2014 at 12:41 AM

The fight was underwhelming. Foligno came in like a rabid dog, but almost instantly list his fire. I give him the edge but he should have done more. As for the hit, morally questionable, completely legal, and totally awesome. Gionta should know to keep his head on a swivel. But man oh man that was vicious. He did a f*cking flip.

Posted by EdNo on December 22, 2014 at 03:10 PM

Awesome HIT... shoulder-first, no doubt... unfortunately the NHL will come down on him lle a falling wall because "NHL" stand for No Hit League... Of course Foligno won this fight, Bartkowski has never had an NHL fight before... Boldbilly is simply the stain around a Hobo's "brown-eye": it will never go away, and the stink just lingers... As for Canner, I feel your pain, my friend... but its not limited to the Blueline... the 4th line is useless! Either bring back Robbins, or trade for Gazdic / Bordeleau/ Reeves, etc. to infuse some cantankerous energy into this corpse-of-a team I'm stuck rooting for!

Posted by Jack Meoff on December 22, 2014 at 07:54 AM

Win Foligno, Bruin fans not kicking and screaming like they did when John Scott did this to them last year. I recall Edwards (I think) going on a rant on why there is no place for Scott in the NHL. Well it sure made the Bruins play like choirboys, so I guess there is a need for this kind of player, and it made this site more enjoyable, now we have to get excited with a guy like Bartkowski fighting. Can see the number of reviews way down also.

Posted by Hilaker on December 21, 2014 at 09:01 PM

Bartkowski will be sitting for awhile. Courtesy of that cheap shot. He loses the fight as well as whatever money the league is going be taking.

Posted by Reggie Fleming on December 22, 2014 at 02:47 AM

Enough is enough...Barkowski should be banned for life for cheap shots on tiny players....the league has enough goons and must protect guys with actual is so dull now a days with thugs who can't skate stick handle or receive passe3s.

Posted by sixclocks on December 21, 2014 at 08:56 PM

I thought it was a clean hit. Cant seem to check anymore. maybe we will be watching ringette soon.