If you love hockey fights, then you have to check out the Brian McGrattan vs. Jay Rosehill fight from tonight’s Predators/Leafs game. In fact, you need to check it out even if you aren’t a fan of the rough stuff. It’s not every night that we see a nominee for the vaunted Fight of the Year…
The New Jersey Devils didn’t just beat the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night. They defeated them in about as ideal a way as one could imagine, at least if you take Tyler Myers’ game (two goals, one questionable hit on Dainius Zubrus) out of the equation. Martin Brodeur looked downright spry while Ilya Kovalchuk scored a beauty of a goal in his return from injury as the Devils won 5-3. Check out highlights of the game below.
There was an ugly scene in St. Louis tonight as Blues forward Chris Stewart shoved Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall into the boards in the middle of the first period. It was one of those hits that Stewart could have called from the locker room and just said something like, “Hi Brendan, take a look at your schedule and let me know when we should schedule my hearing.”
The bodycheck was one of those hits that seemingly covered everything that the league is trying to get out of the league. It was a shove from directly behind when Kronwall was in a vulnerable place on the ice. The defenseman lost his balance after the shove, went head-first into the boards, and lay motionless on the ice as his teammates went after Stewart for the hit. After the Wings’ medical staff attended to Kronwall on the ice, they had to help him off the playing surface and into the locker room.
Meanwhile, Stewart was given a five-minute major for checking from behind and a game misconduct. If we were betting men here at PHT (no comment), we’d say the in-game penalties are the least of Stewart’s worries.
Take a look at the shot and let us know what you think? There’s no question that it’s a dirty hit in a dangerous place on the ice—is it suspension worthy? If you were wielding the Shanahammer, how many games would you give Stewart?
Here’s the scene: the player was questionable before a game. Not only did Henrik Zetterberg make it onto the ice—he dealt a sweet saucer pass over a defenseman, and onto a teammate’s stick for a highlight goal. Obviously, that’s the kind of thing we’re into around here at PHT.
Check out Henrik Zetterberg’s beautiful pass and Valtteri Filppula’s good fortune of playing on the same team as Z.
After the first intermission, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones weighed in on the odd scene in the first period of the Lightning’s 2-1 victory over the Flyers. The Lightning sat back in their familiar 1-3-1 defensive system that waits for the opposition to attack. The Flyers sat back and waited for the Tampa Bay forwards to attack and actually do something more than just stand in the neutral zone.
The result was something that we don’t see every day. Here’s what Milbury and Jones had to say about the defensive tactic and Flyers’ head coach Peter Laviolette’s response: