Other Penalties: Clifford received an instigator and misconduct.
To make a case for fighting after a big hit: it has always happened legal or not. Yes, great clean hit by the rules. Crouse was also going at high rate of speed after taking 3 or 4 strong strides (aka ran him). Great clean, aggressive hit however there are other ways Crouse could have gone by trying to gain control of the puck. Nope, massive separation of player from puck. Crouse was only interested in that Martinez had the puck so he could blow em up. Again, clean hard hit. But what everyone does not want to admit is that these guys are trying to hurt each other out there. A big hit like that can and should be answered if you got the skill to do it like Clifford does. And that is the whole point of fighting: to deter guys running your better players by punching them in the nose. Love it. Clifford's teammates love it. All of us fight watchers love it.0
really nice hit! Decent fight. Clifford with the win.
Good fight, crousse gets in a couple early but then Clifford dominates
Great clean hit. Clifford only gets the win because Crouse lost his balance at the end. Otherwise very even
Beauty hit, wish there were more of them. Good fight, great hockey moments
Even fight til the refs step in and allowed Clifford to land the last couple of shots.
Solid fight, Clifford with the Gordie Howe Hattrick and win.
The code was upheld. Clifford slight edge...
Jimmy28 and BruinBugger, spot on comments about avenging legal hits. the league will almost certainly eliminate any fighting whatsoever if guys continue to "avenge" a perfectly legal hockey hit. I love me some knuckle-chucking but only when a guy truly deserves retribution. PS this is a 4 at best. I'm going with draw because I don't automatically give Ws to whoever threw the final punch.
Good slose beef. Not a lot of good shots landed. I’m going draw. I know people feel like they have to give a win, but there just wasn’t enough here to warrant it. Beautiful hit by Cruise. These players who answer every good hard clean hit with a fight are going to reduce the level of physical play over time. It’s unfortunate.
Two big boys having at it...good stuff. Clifford wins on the strength of the two late bombs...even until then,
I'd agree, Cliff FTW. Not by much though, Crouse certainly held his own. Was a bit too protective, should have opened up and went for it. Cliffs getting long in the tooth, but still got some blast behind them slugs. Whats with the going after players who make a good legal hit. Did I miss something, looked pretty legal to me. Christ, its like if you even check a guy anymore, some teammates going to come after you. lol
Crouse lays out Martinez with a beautiful hit. Clifford comes over to address the hit and off go the gloves. Fairly even scrap until Clifford lands the last few punches and they go to the ice. Win Cliffy.