Bloodied Eric Boulton wondered why refs ended fight

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The New Jersey Devils edged the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 via a shootout tonight, but not every battle was won. Watch this amusing clip of Eric Boulton’s shortened fight with George Parros:

One can imagine the conversation going like this:

Bloodied Boulton: “What?!!! Why did you stop the fi-”

Official: “Eric, I can see your skull.”

source: Getty Images

At least that’s how I envision the conversation going. (I’m a wishful thinker.)

Rich Chere did some intrepid journalism to find out how it really shook out/burst my bubble.

“I wasn’t hurt or anything but they said they had to get in there,” Boulton said. “I wanted to keep going. I wasn’t hurt. I didn’t feel the blood until they started coming in and then I felt it trickle down my face.

“Linesmen are doing their job trying to protect the players. It was the heat of the moment and I was a little ticked off. I didn’t get a chance to get back at him. They’re just doing their job.”

And Boulton was trying to do his, which often means absorbing punches – and occasionally giving us a laugh.