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Friday, February 23, 2007

Buffalo Line Brawl

I honestly don't know if this is an argument for or against the instigator rule. Regardless, it was one of the best sequences in the NHL this season. Hockey "traditionalists" can rest easy - old-time hockey is still alive and well:



* - video from hockeyfights.com

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:51 AM

5 Comments:

At February 23, 2007 10:22 AM, Blogger Jeremy said...

Seeing Ray Emery smiling as he shed his mask and gloves might have been one of the most hilarious and awesome things I've seen this year.

Seemed a pretty cowardly of Buffalo, though. I mean, Mair's no heavyweight, but he was thrashing Spezza for no reason, before Spezza even had his gloves off. And it looks like Peters is their designated goon -- going after the other team's goalie when he's just been fighting someone else? Like Emery said, what a bunch of meatballs.

 
At February 23, 2007 11:35 AM, Blogger Zanstorm said...

"old-time hockey is still alive and well"
I'd say it's hanging by a thread! There should be more incidences like last night in the NHL. See how the crowd and any other viewer ate that up? It was a beautiful piece of violence that is sorely lacking in the new NHL.

 
At February 24, 2007 8:06 AM, Blogger hoopsjunky said...

Jeremy - I'm torn on this issue.

On the one hand, Chris Neil took a questionable, borderline run at the Sabres' captain and one of their best players and gave him a concussion. I actually liked that the Sabres tried to send a message.

On the other hand, Peters seemed to have broken the unspoken code by taking on the goalie.

Probably the most interesting thing was that Chris Neil was unpenalized for the hit on Drury. (He was penalized for his fight on Stafford.) Some camera angles showed that the hit was late and high; in others, it seemed like Drury was admiring his pass. It was eerily reminiscent of the Moore hit on Naslund - borderline.

The NHL is a physical league - and we all love watching it for that - but it has to do something to protect its star players. I hate seeing Steve Moores taking out Markus Naslunds, Sean Averys scruffing it with Martin Brodeurs, Chris Neils concussing Chris Drurys and Aaron Downeys taking out Sidney Crosbys.

 
At February 26, 2007 2:47 PM, Anonymous Janet Pietras said...

Hello,
I am starting a petition to help MR. Golasano in his quest to stop the head shots in the NHL so no one else gets hurt. You can read his letter on Sabres.com. Here are a few quotes from his letter,
" Hitting is a very important part of our game. You hit to break up a shot, you hit to disrupt a pass, your hit to battle for the puck and your hit to gain position for a defensive or offensive play. There are many times a player can make a hit on a vulnerable player but chooses not to for fear of injuring an opponent for no practical advantage. Its called respect." " What we cannot allow are hits that are designed to injure and maim. The hit delivered to Chris Drury the other night was a hit to injure. I'm my view there is no other way to view that play." If you have seen the game you would understand how wrong this hit was! So lets pull together as Parents, Fans and community to help get this rule changed before someone ends up dead. This is a game that we like to enjoy as a family and not have one player ruin something for everyone.
Please copy and paste into a new email and forward to all your friends then send it back to jpietras03@aol.com thank you,

 
At February 26, 2007 2:48 PM, Anonymous Janet said...

Hello,
I am starting a petition to help MR. Golasano in his quest to stop the head shots in the NHL so no one else gets hurt. You can read his letter on Sabres.com. Here are a few quotes from his letter,
" Hitting is a very important part of our game. You hit to break up a shot, you hit to disrupt a pass, your hit to battle for the puck and your hit to gain position for a defensive or offensive play. There are many times a player can make a hit on a vulnerable player but chooses not to for fear of injuring an opponent for no practical advantage. Its called respect." " What we cannot allow are hits that are designed to injure and maim. The hit delivered to Chris Drury the other night was a hit to injure. I'm my view there is no other way to view that play." If you have seen the game you would understand how wrong this hit was! So lets pull together as Parents, Fans and community to help get this rule changed before someone ends up dead. This is a game that we like to enjoy as a family and not have one player ruin something for everyone.
Please copy and paste into a new email and forward to all your friends then send it back to jpietras03@aol.com thank you,

 

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