February 23, 2007

Big Brawl in Buffalo

by Dan Bilicki In: Ice Hockey

I’ll be one of the first people to stand up against fighting in the NHL but last night got my adrenaline going. There is hardly anything in any sport that is more exciting than a goalie fight. The rarity of these scraps contributes to how amazing it is to see the two keepers skate down to centre-ice while taking off their equipment. But last night there was a bonus fight to the Ray Emery vs. Martin Biron tilt; afterwards, Andrew Peters, Sabres tough-guy, came in to fight against the victorious Emery. For as rare as the inter-goalie fighting is, it is even rarer to see a goalie and player exchange fisticuffs. After the melee which was incited by a Chris Neil cheap-shot on Chris Drury, roughly 100 minutes worth of penalties were doled out to both teams. Not quite a record, but good try anyway boys.

Oh, Buffalo ended up winning in a shootout, 6-5.

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