Whether or not it was carried out via anger or in protection of a fallen teammate, some NHLers discovered themselves method over their heads in fights. We depend down the unluckiest combatants of the season to this point.Nikolaj Ehlers|Jonathan Kozub/NHLI through Getty ImagesWhile combating doesn’t have the identical influence on the sport than it as soon as did (when it comes to frequency), we’re nonetheless seeing a good quantity of tilts this season. Ordinary suspects like Tom Wilson and Evander Kane have been discovering dance companions, however some fairly surprising gamers have dropped the gloves, too. That is typically a foul thought. So let’s check out 5 of essentially the most ill-advised fights of the season to this point.
Nikolaj Ehlers vs. Ryan Getzlaf
The very last thing you need Ehlers doing for Winnipeg is punching. The ultra-talented Dane could make magic with the puck and he is among the Jets’ prime goal-scorers with 13 on the season. He’s additionally listed as six-foot, 172 kilos. Getzlaf, however, is a struggle horse with old-man power who is available in at 6-foot-Four, 225 kilos. He could also be among the finest Anaheim Geese ever, however he has additionally fought much more than Ehlers in his profession. However Ehlers didn’t just like the cross-check Getzlaf had laid on him, so he challenged the Geese captain. It went about in addition to you’d think about.
Jordan Greenway vs. Darnell Nurse
This one simply occurred and by the story of the tape, it looks like a good match. Greenway, the Minnesota Wild energy ahead, is 6-foot-6 and 227 kilos. Nurse, the stalwart Edmonton Oilers defenseman, is 6-foot-Four, 221 kilos. Nurse, nevertheless, is a really skilled fighter who has taken on the likes of Ryan Reaves and Andrew Shaw. The one different combat Greenway has even been in was with Brian Boyle (who has nice attain, however isn’t a typical fighter in any other case). ‘Doc’ Nurse delivered some dangerous medication right here, proving as soon as once more that you simply don’t mess with somebody from Hamilton, Ont. – aka ‘The Hammer.’ Luke Kunin most likely owes Greenway a beverage after that one.
Travis Dermott vs. Troy Brouwer
Much like the Ehlers/Getzlaf tilt. Dermott is a good rising expertise on Toronto’s blueline and his mobility is an enormous asset. Throwing fists? Not a lot. However the teenager didn’t respect Brouwer’s interference on a dump-in and determined to problem the massive, robust veteran. Technically this was Toronto’s first combat of the season, however Dermott didn’t actually get any punches off. At the very least the Maple Leafs obtained the win that evening.
John Moore vs. Zack Smith
I truthfully didn’t notice Moore had fought so typically earlier than I researched it at present, however frequency doesn’t all the time correlate with success. The puckmoving Moore may truly be one of many final Bruins I might wish to see in a combat (I imply, Tuukka Rask appears like he would go off in a goalie tilt) and this fast bout with Smith appears to verify that. Factors for sticking up for David Pastrnak, however possibly not a great choice in any other case.
Carolina goalies vs. Everybody
The amusing one concerned James Reimer sparking a brawl with Edmonton powerful man Zack Kassian – as a result of Reimer admitted after the sport that he most likely wouldn’t have began bother if he had realized which member of the Oilers took a whack at him. However the one that can dwell on in infamy is Petr Mrazek getting decked by San Jose Sharks legend Joe Thornton. Sadly for Mrazek, his encounter is throughout YouTube, too.
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