Canadiens and Senators Engage in Epic Playoff Line Brawl (Videos)
You generally don’t see as many hockey fights during the playoffs as you do in the regular season. The reason is that, during the playoffs, every single minute is crucial, and every single player is needed. If a guy isn’t deemed absolutely crucial to his team, then he isn’t in the lineup. So teams just don’t want to go five minutes without anybody—even if the other team is also shorthanded. Thus, while players will cross check and slash and elbow each other, they generally don’t drop the gloves when the Stanley Cup is on the line.
Of course, there are two exceptions to this rule: Penguins-Flyers series and blowouts. When one team is beating the pulp out of the other on the scoreboard, you know the other is going to try to beat the pulp out of them with their fists. It’s one part retribution for the lopsided embarrassment, one part just getting it out of their system.
That is what happened in Ottawa last night. The Senators took a 4-1 lead just about midway through the third period, and on the ensuing faceoff we were treated to a good old-fashioned line brawl. Take a look:
But wait! That’s not all! Later on, after Ottawa took a 5-1 lead, Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban absolutely blitzed the Senators’ Kyle Turris with a flurry of punches, then tackled the man to the ice. Check it out:
So yeah, if you build up a huge lead in a playoff hockey game, look out. It’s going to get nasty.