VIDEO: Canucks-Flames Game Two Ends in Line Brawl

With the Vancouver Canucks leading 4-1 in the third period of game two against the Calgary Flames, a line brawl broke out, featuring fights between Matt Stajan and Brad Richardson, and Derek Dorsett and Deryk Engelland, and scrums involving all other players on the ice.

See what went down after the jump.

Tensions had been rising to a boiling point all game, and things looked certain to get out of hand eventually. Deryk Engelland was given 42 minutes in penalties for his role in the melee, while Dan Hamhuis looked like a pretty clear 3rd man in.

It would be pretty surprising to see no supplemental discipline come from this, especially since Engelland was given two games misconducts, according to the game sheet and Hamhuis jumped in to an altercation already taking place. But we’ll have to wait and see what happens in the coming days.

  • MontanaMan

    Canucks fans are all class. Remember 2011…watching you lose the Stanley cup on one channel then watch you tear your city apart on another. Who are the real goons?
    Nobody has forgot. You’re better off to keep your mouth shut.

    • MontanaMan

      Ah Kypreos, you’re a riot! Can’t believe you thought to work that into your comment here. SUPER clever. Bringing up the 2011 Stanley Cup riot? That’s a real zinger!

      But I guess you have to be charmed by a group of folks THIS excited that their team made the playoffs for the first time in six years. It’s cute.

    • Dirty30

      Thankfully Flames fans are in such a hurry to get home to their sheep they don’t have time to riot.

      Except those screaming Forkland and touching themselves because even sheep won’t touch them.

      • Dirty30

        who are the real goons you ask?

        If you had even the smallest modicum of insight as to what caused the Vancouver “incident’ (riot is an incendiary media term….for definition of real riots look up Boston or LA)) it was an organized anarchist group who put it together via Twitter…that has been widely publicized and several of the instigators are behind bars.

        The entire matter lasted less than 3 hours and 15 cars were overturned and a few bumps and bruises reported by the local hospitals.

        ..riot? Hardly. Canuck fans? Not even slightly.

        Not as widely reported was the thousands of actual \Vancouver fans who showed up the next day spontaneously to clean up the mess the out of towners caused…the same group that organized re the G8 summit in Toronto.

        You are more than entitled to your opinion….just not your own facts.

        May the best team win.

  • MontanaMan

    I think this comment from Mr. Kevin Bieksa sums up the situation nicely:

    “It looked like they were trying to get that going for a few shifts before,” Vancouver defenceman Kevin Bieksa said of the rough stuff at the end. “That ‘Ferklund’ or whatever his name is was running around trying to get something going. It’s not the first time we have seen that in playoffs. We have played against Ben Eager and some other dumb-dumbs like that before. So we know how to handle that.”

  • MontanaMan

    The reason for the inflamed tempers is the Canucks tendency to agitate, particularly after they get up on the score. Look no further than the actions of Dorsett, Burrows and Bieksa.

    There is a reason why the Canucks share no love from other fans of Canadian cities, and why everyone cheers against them e.g. Boston.

    Mature coaches will always look to let the other team down gently when the game is in hand. However as a rookie coach apparently Desjardins is unable to control his bench yet or he supports his players behaviours…?

    • Dirty30

      Some people have imaginary friends. Calgary Flames fans see imaginary agitation. What occurred when the Canucks were up 3-0 was called “playing hockey”. If your team wants to run around and a send a message so be it. Not the first time that’s ever happened.

      But can the victim mentality. There was absolutely NOTHING that a Canucks player did while up 3-0 that provoked the melee at the end of the game. Your goalie wasn’t run. Your star players weren’t targeted. No Canucks were sent to box for charging, cross-checking, roughing slashing, etc.

      YOUR young team lost its cool and YOUR coach, who is world famous for similar stunts, sent your knuckle-draggers out on the ice all at once in the final moments of a three nothing game.

      If you’re trying to be a tough team at least have the balls to own it – instead of whining about imaginary “agitation”.

      • MontanaMan

        Seems to me the only thing not being accepted is your avoidance of the fact the Canucks are the most hated team in the league, bar none!

        Also seems to me the comments about the classless antics of the Canuck agitators struck home with you, as noted by your lengthy defence and obfuscation.

        This is the last gasp of the over-the-hill gang…will thankfully all be moot in 2 years when the Sedins, Bieksa, Burrows, and Dorsett will all be gone.

        • MontanaMan

          I’ll tell you what fella who names himself after an eminently forgettable 70’s rock band, if you provide me with ONE tangible example from last evening’s game (as opposed to things you’ve been stewing on for a half decade) of “Canuck agitation” while the team was up 3-0, I’ll happily declare you the winner of this little debate. Have at it.

          • pheenster

            re name…spelled differently..attention to detail! Not referencing the rock band.

            re classless…re-watch the game and note Nucks beaking off throughout when up by 2 and even 3 goals.

            The Canucks reputation is well-earned and known for taunting when up…you never see the same types of displays from the Hawks, Kings, Rangers et al.

          • pheenster

            Ha! Taunting! That’s your evidence? Seriously! They were saying mean things?

            And the Flames sat quietly, listening to this without responding in kind? There was no back and forth. Have you EVER watched an NHL playoff game before?

            And clearly you’ve never watched a hockey game involving Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty and Justin Williams either if you think the Los Angeles Kings don’t jaw the other team.

            I simply cannot fathom how Flames fans can thump their chests and declare what a rough and tough team they have while being such pantywaists all at the same time.

          • Joe Flames

            Honestly why are you engaging with this? Do you think you can actually reason with pathetic trash talk? Riots blah blah most hated team blah blah. Most fan bases in the US don’t even know where Calgary is and can barely remember the Canucks because they’ve been irrelevant since 2011. The most hated team in the NHL today — without question the Bruins with dumbass players, dumbass management and with a city that’s also widely reviled across the US for many things (racist, smug, pretentious, etc).

            Anyone who watches hockey knows that Ferland was trying to start something, that he was pissed and frustrated by the outcome not matching the trash talking that he AND Burrows were doing at the outset. Ridiculous that he didn’t get a penalty for that hack but I blame the NHL and its stupid playoff “tough” rules culture. But that’s how a guy like that makes it to the NHL and gets to play rather than a Raymond in the playoffs. Bollig jumps on the goalie — again what’s a limited skill dude going to do? Of course the Canucks weren’t taunting, they were just trying to finish off the game with minimal injuries. The Flames fans are being as dumb as we were at the end of the last game (wah wah deployment of Sedins etc).

            Canucks in six.

    • pheenster

      Coach Real Good is a 58-year old long time veteran of the coaching ranks. This might be his first job in the NHL, but the man knows what he’s doing.

      By the way, save the “these guys should have been held back by their coach” because too many members of Flames Nation are right now super duper happy with the play of Michael Forkland or whatever his name is. He is instigating as much as anyone. So save those crocodile tears … No one is going to wipe them away for you.

  • MontanaMan

    Lots of dumb comments from a small contingent of sore loser fans. We would see these from a similar small contingent of sore loser Canuck fans too if they had lost. Go ahead and moan – as if it matters. This series is going 7 and I for one am thrilled to see the rivalry renewed. Can’t wait until the oilers join the fray. Likely in 2025 but better late than never.

  • MontanaMan

    Lots of dumb comments from a small contingent of sore loser fans. We would see these from a similar small contingent of sore loser Canuck fans too if they had lost. Go ahead and moan – as if it matters. This series is going 7 and I for one am thrilled to see the rivalry renewed. Can’t wait until the oilers join the fray. Likely in 2025 but better late than never.

    • pheenster

      Canuck fans didn’t really whine after game 1. It was a pretty solid effort where the Canucks couldn’t finish then lost it in the last seconds. So be it. The Flamers tried to take the Canuck off their game in game 2 using all types of dirty tactics. Didn’t work. 🙂

      Oilers will not be relevant in our lifetimes. Even if they get McDavid. That is one crap organization. Why even mention them here? Get lost .

  • MontanaMan

    I think I see why Torts wanted to beat the snot out of Hartless last year. You get a cheap, dirty team doing cheap, dirty things. Sad. Bollig jumping on Lack. Fertilizer and England starting some garbage at the end of game 2. Gee, some people sure get upset when they get dominated and lose.

  • mk

    If any Canuck fan could explain how going 2 on 1 while the linesan holds back the 1 guy isn’t class goonery, I’d really like to hear your excuses.

    Dorsett fits right in with Burrows (and Kesler before he was traded) – he can’t back up his words with anything and needs help to even survive a fight.

    • pheenster

      It was a line brawl (that the Flames initiated). There were players all over each other. Hamhuis thought Dorsett had found himself on the losing end of a fight and stepped in to help. He did that because Dorsett has stood up for his teammates all season and deserved it in return. It was hardly a 2 on 1 beating. More like “I’m going to pull Engelland off my guy”.

      If the league further penalizes Hamhuis for his actions Canucks fans will accept that – without the whining and feigned outrage being expressed by Flames fans.

      • Dirty30

        As has been explained, the ref sent Hamhuis in tie up the Flame who was slamming a defenseless Canuck who he had pinned. Hamhuis was SENT inh by the ref because he is known as a quality player who can control himself…..ok?

        But I wonder how Andrew Alberts would respond to Flames posters’ indignation… given his life has been forever changed and his career ended by the sucker hit by McGrattan in last year’s gong show—also initiated by the high class Bob Hartley. Hartley did get fined 25k for initiating the brawl and then doubled down by having McGratten end Alberts’ career with an elbow smash into his neck driving his face into the glass……from behind !

        Really nothing else much to say to Flames fans who want to blame others for their teams’ behaviour.

      • Dirty30

        Flamers fans need to go read about how the refs asked Hamhuis to tie up England in that scrum. The overpaid, undertalented England was not following ref direction. That idiot Ferdinand also lost his cool and got tossed.

        For shame, Flamers fans, for shame! I am sure your team would be the most hated if anyone knew about them.

        Go Canucks go!

    • pheenster

      Is this your first time to the rodeo? What do you think happens in a playoff game? A tea party certainly does not break out. It was total goonery. The Flames better wake up to these facts and start playing hockey when it matters, not fighting to send some mythical message. Because I can assure, for most of this Canucks team this is not the first trip to the rodeo.

  • Dirty30

    Anyone else notice how terrible the ice seemed to be last night? I saw players falling and pucks bouncing, for a playoff game I would expect better conditions than that

  • Dirty30

    The only part of this fight that showed the Canucks acting goony was Richardson not letting up on Stajan when he was down. That’s definitely against the code, but at the same time, Richy is a smaller guy and didn’t have much leverage. It wasn’t dangerous.

    England was trying to take revenge by doing the same to Dorsett, but had him in a much more vulnerable position and is a much larger man.

    Either way, it was very much a mutual brawl. Not either team acting particularly more goony than the other, just playoff hockey. Between the lopsided score and the “I’m going to sit on Lack’s head,” it was bound to happen.

  • Dirty30

    Running the Canucks goalie. Knocking him on his ass with an illegal shoulder check. Hacking, hooking and snowing our goalie. The flames are the cheap shot artists. I knew the Flames were going to cry and have a hissy fit and fight. So typical of a dirty teams fans to blame the other team. Yes, I know the Canucks are the most hated team in the league. Hated by the dirty officials who allow our star players to be hooked, hacked, slashed and cross checked without a call. Happens every playoffs. Western alienation is alive and well in the NHL.

  • Dirty30

    Daz, I’m a Canucks fan and I still think that’s BS. Ferland found himself bumped in the back a bit during a scrum (by a teammate, but he didn’t know that), fell forward, and ragdolled. Yeah, it was chippy hockey. But if you really believe that Dorsett wouldn’t do the same thing in the same spot, I don’t know what to tell you.

    And look what happened. It energized the Flames in a big way. Ferland did his job. Had he done any more than ragdolling, he would have been penalised for sure, so it was a good bit of disciplined pestyness.

    Of course the Canucks had to come back at him for that. They did. Flames fans talking about the Canucks being goons for it are morons.

    To sum it all up… this is the playoffs. This is playoff hockey. Get over it.

  • Dirty30

    “It looked like they were trying to get that going for a few shifts before,” Vancouver defenceman Kevin Bieksa said of the rough stuff at the end. “That ‘Ferklund’ or whatever his name is was running around trying to get something going. It’s not the first time we have seen that in playoffs. We have played against Ben Eager and some other dumb-dumbs like that before. So we know how to handle that.”

    Classic Bieksa!

    • Dirty30

      Awesome! Love those comments! Ferdinand the idiot is pretty much like the other morons Canucks have faced over the years in playoff series.

      Oh, sorry Flamers fans, I’m not sure you remember what it’s like to have a bunch of playoff series. You losers have had, what, a few in the last 40 years? Escaped round 1 how many times? Exactly. 🙂

  • Nick24

    Embarrassing for the Canucks! 2 little boys versus the big man…

    Nice slew foot by dorsett to take him to the ground as hamhuis bear hugs him (0:58)… dirty minus player starts fights 0-16 all season

    3rd man in = match penalty + suspension for the Canucks?

    Go Calgary!