For a little more than a week, the Internet’s best pugilism index Hockey Fights.com has been collecting votes for a variety of 2013 season awards. (Feel free to peruse the list here, as there are some entertaining categories.)
The headliner, of course, is “Fight of the Year.” So far, a March 27 bout between Patrick Bordeleau and Brian McGrattan lead the pack, but let’s roll out all the contestants:
According to this list, McGrattan was involved in 2011-12’s best fight (vs. Jay Rosehill), while Boulton took the 2010-11 award for his bit of fisticuffs against John Erskine. So legacies are clearly on the line, here, folks.
One other side note: Benn vs. Thornton isn’t likely to win, but it produced one of the best photos of the abbreviated regular season (via Getty):
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger