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Kings Fans Brawl Behind Glass at Game 4 of Western Conference Finals (Video)
In general, you won’t see as many fan fights at NHL games as you do at, say, MLB or NFL games. Sure, there are exceptions, and fans are definitely more than willing to fight before and after games. But on the whole, contrary to what you might expect, fans are quite peaceful during the game.
The reason for this, obviously, is the pace of the game. Baseball and football are sports that have short bursts of action punctuated by a seemingly infinite number of pauses. Start, stop. Start, stop. Start…stop. Hockey, meanwhile, does not have those breaks in the action, so it is better able to hold a drunken idiot’s attention.
This is even more true during the playoffs. The importance of every step that every player takes is heightened and the tension in the arena is amplified tenfold. So a playoff hockey game really is the last place you’d expect to see a fan fight.
Of course, in Los Angeles, where the sports reporters don’t even know the names of the team’s biggest stars, it’s a different story. Last night, during Game 4 of the Kings-Blackhawks series, some Kings fans got into a fight right up against the glass behind the Kings’ net. The video we have isn’t great, but it’s good enough to see the commotion.
You’ll see the brouhaha erupt at the 0:13 mark of this clip:
And in this one you’ll get a slightly closer look:
I’ve watched a lot of hockey in my day, but I don’t think I have ever seen anything quite like that before.