What We Have Here Is A Good Old-Fashioned Throwdown
And no, I’m not referring to that Bobby Flay show on Food Network. I’m talking about some fisticuffs on the ice after the horn sounded in Anaheim’s 2-1 victory over Detroit last night.
If the NHL even dreams of dishing out suspensions for the not-very-brutal-but-highly-entertaining fracas, they are complete morons. As the Great Hockey Sage Greg Wyshinski put it over on Puck Daddy, “the NHL’s disciplinary system would become a parody of the joke it is if any of these players are suspended for Game 7.”
One thing that will most assuredly result from this brawl: the fans in Detroit will be whipped up into a frenzy and screaming for blood long before the puck is even dropped to start Game 7 in Detroit on Thursday and that will only further motivate the Red Wings to respond – perhaps not with fisticuffs, but with their incredibly efficient “play as a team, win as a team” mentality. In any event, expect this game to get off to a rousing start, one way or the other.
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Video: Niedermayer/Datsyuk main event in Ducks/Wings brawl [Puck Daddy]