Frozen Fisticuffs Fight Of The Night — Simultaneous Fights From Blues vs. Avs — 4/5/11
Yesterday we didn’t give any National Hockey League player a spot on our “Frozen Fisticuffs Fight of the Night.” Today we will make up for it by bestowing that honor upon four players from the game between the Colorado Avalanche and the St. Louis Blues.
With less than three minutes remaining in the third period, Cam Janssen and Ryan Reaves of the Blues, and David Koci and Cody McLeod of the Avalanche were in need of a dance partner, so they paired up accordingly and the exchange of punches ensued. I’m not quite sure this was a matter of “great minds thinking alike,” but in this case it was certainly “great” enough to earn them all a spot on our “Frozen Fisticuffs Fight of the Night” for Tuesday, April 5, 2011.
On a side note, watch the linesman work during this stoppage. For those who don’t know, the linesmen are the ones responsible for breaking up hockey fights, while the referees stand back and watch what goes on so that they can make a call on any additional penalties, if necessary. Both linesmen should also be present at the same fight so that they can tie up both fighters, rather than giving one player a free shot at the player they are restraining.
In this case, the linesmen begin at the Janssen fight, before realizing there is another bout taking place. Figuring most of Janssen’s fights last well over a minute, they attended to the other fight, while signaling to the referee watching Janssen vs. Koci to let them know if they are needed. After breaking up the bout between Reaves and McLeod, they quickly get back over to Janssen’s fight.
Check it out.