December 21, 2001
1st Period - 1:17•2001-2002 Regular SeasonA little after a minute into the game, Mats Lindgren scores. The ensuing faceoff has McCarthy and Cairns both playing their first shift of the game. The puck drops and McCarthy heads straight for Cairns. Cairns gives him a nudge, saying "I do", and the two drop the gloves. Squaring off, they do a moderate 360, Cairns grabs ahold of McCarthy with his left and starts tossing rights. Aiming for the temple, Cairns lands the first three getting face and helmet. A jersey pull and a short right lands. Next right is a half punch that ends in Cairns swiping off McCarthy's helmet. Cairns then shakes off his elbow pad and throws a couple of more rights that land, but a little weaker then the first few. McCarthy is then able to grab one of Cairns' arms, and Cairns has to have both hands holding on to McCarthy for balance. He's slightly hunched over, and McCarthy throws a big right uppercut that misses. A stright right by McCarthy then catches Cairns' face. Cairns has let go with his right hand now and they're trying to swing for position. Cairns then throws an off-balance right that misses. He gets McCarthy's jersey over his head for a moment and throws a quick uppercut, hook, each just grazing McCarthy's head. McCarthy grabs Cairns' arm and pops his head out of his jersey. Cairns then throws another right which goes over McCarthy's head. McCarthy then responds with two stright rights that Cairns dodges. A big right hook by Sandy Mac then flies over the ducking Cairns. Cairns looks like he's about to swing but is losing his balance and takes down McCarthy.
E. Cairns (NYI) vs. S. McCarthy (NYR)
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