Thread: Best HockeyFights Thread
1/18/2014 4:25am, #11
Ah, those were the good ol' days of the Detroit - Colorado rivalry.
All started after a viscous cheap-shot by Claude Lemieux on Kris Draper. Draper had to have reconstructive surgery on his face after Lemieux boarded him face-first into the open bench-door. Brutal ..
Detrot really sucks now that their owner has taken on the anti-fighting stance. They used ot have good, tough teams in Motown." If one wants to have a friend one must also want to wage war for him: and to wage war one must be capable of being an enemy." - Fr. Nietzsche 'On The Friend' Thus Spake Zarathustra
1/18/2014 2:39pm, #12
1/18/2014 6:35pm, #13
The Red Wings are an anomaly. An eon ago they were legends. Gordie Howe. Then drought. Before they started winning Cups again, they were known as the "Dead Wings" for more than a generation. Then they got smart and loaded the team with Russians.
The Detroit Lions used to be an unstoppable football franchise in the 1950s, kings of the legendary "Black and Blue" Division.
Now they are the possibly the worst team in the history of the NFL. They definitely hold the record for worst season (0-16).
The spirit of Detroit has been sucked from it. I blame Canada.
1/19/2014 12:29pm, #14
1/19/2014 2:49pm, #15
I was watching that game..for the uninitiated, it should be noted that a line brawl 2 seconds into the game is an extremely rare occurrence and there is a reason behind this.
First of all, Hartley ( Calgary Flames' coach) started his fourth line, Torts ( Canucks coach) responded by taking his first line guys off prior to the opening faceoff and putting his own fourth line on. In hockey talk, this is equivalent to saying " Yeah ? You wannna go ?? Lets Go !!"
Its a ploy by the Calgary bench to set the tone and make it look like its the Canucks fault if a brawl breaks out because Torts responded by lining up his own tough guys against theirs as opposed to just putting his regular starting line out there.
So the argument goes ..if he puts his skilled players out there, no fights, end of story.
The truth is not so simple. Tortorella has a responsibility to protect his star players, he cannot run the risk of sending the Sedin twins out there against McGratten and the other Calgary goons. Even if they don't start an actual fight, they will certainly try to rough them up in the corners or lay them out with a good bodycheck. So the risk is too great. Tortorella did the right thing.
Among coaches, this is a bit of a dick move on Calgary's part. Its one thing if its three quarters of the way through a game and you need a boost, but to start the game off like that is kind of a prick thing to do on Hartley's part - and he succeeds in making Torts look like the bad guy. He also knows that Tortorella has a very short fuse and was trying to push his buttons. It worked and now Tortorella is looking at a fine and possibly a suspension for his antics between periods when he went over to the flames' dressing room and tried to get at Hartley. Luckily, he was restrained and things didn't get out of hand.
This all happened on our annual ' Hockey Day' as well, on a HNIC nationally-televised broadcast. So the powers that be will be less-then-impressed.
I'm guessing he gets a $10,000 fine and maybe a one game suspension." If one wants to have a friend one must also want to wage war for him: and to wage war one must be capable of being an enemy." - Fr. Nietzsche 'On The Friend' Thus Spake Zarathustra
1/20/2014 1:24pm, #16
1/20/2014 9:13pm, #17
Wow..Tortorella got more than I thought he would. But Hartley also got a big fine for instigating the whole thing." If one wants to have a friend one must also want to wage war for him: and to wage war one must be capable of being an enemy." - Fr. Nietzsche 'On The Friend' Thus Spake Zarathustra
1/24/2014 12:28pm, #18
Neil VS Crombeen
Neil is a good guy, I've met him a few times. His younger brother coaches a junior team here in town.
1/24/2014 12:32pm, #19
2/03/2014 2:38am, #20
Most of the scraps lately have been either very lame or over very, very quickly.