Hello out there, I’m on the air, it’s Hockey Fights today. This is a weekly feature where we will take a look back at the best tilts of the week that was, a fond look back at the fights that were, and a strong finger wag at the worst fight of the week.
I’m Nation Dan and I am here to bring you HockeyFights.com‘s week 6 of Friday Fights. Thirteen more fights were added to the total of 70 this season. Another week mired by a plethora of four out of 10 ratings which on the scale created for rating. The big producer of content this week was a brawl that occurred at 14:04 of the third period in Detroit on Wednesday night. Two fights and 99 minutes came from that time stamp and we will have more on that later.
In this installment we see brawls galore, an open challenge and more responses to clean hits.
Show me the tilts.
Reaves just dispatched with O’Brien. Then issued the open challenge to the entire Caps bench.
First fight here: https://t.co/ih1fcekFBl
Who’s next? pic.twitter.com/hl9rsq2qEo
— hockeyfights (@hockeyfights) November 11, 2017
In case you haven’t had a chance to watch this young man over the past few years, Ryan Reaves is a monster tough guy. Perhaps one of the last great fighters in the NHL. He made a nice, clean hit and O’Brien, to his credit stood up against him. Not to his credit, O’Brien also got mashed. Then afterwards Reaves went out to openly challenge the Caps bench and as many speculate, Tom Wilson specifically. There was plenty of game after this and the Caps didn’t bite on the open challenge, instead opting to win on the scoreboard. Love that Pens/Caps rivalry.
For a brief moment of this one I thought for sure I had stepped back into a time machine to the 90s and 80s. Offence abound for at least one team (8-2 final score for the Wings) and the other team looking for the pound of flesh they couldn’t achieve on the scoreboard. If you’re a fan of some good old fashioned angry, this is the highlight for you.
Former Hab takes out Gallagher in a clean hit. Newer Hab takes exception with hit. Fight ensues. The script is the same, but the tilt was actually good. Benn with some nice “karate kid” blocks in there with a little wax on, wax off action. A couple of good tags and the linesmen coming in at the right time to let the boys go get a rest.
Classic Fight of the Week:
Edmonton Oilers vs Atlanta Thrashers
Point of reference. There were 13 fights in total in the NHL this week. There was 11 fights on this one night in the NHL in 2004. Edmonton and Atlanta, the hottest rivalry in the NHL ever.. was the source of seven of these bouts of course. But you get the idea. The folks over at hockey fights break down each of the fights nicely for you, click each link for the fights above.
Finger Wag of the Week:
This is where we normally feature the one fight that probably deserved two minutes for occurring, rather than a major. Or a player that needs to be put on blast
This is a spear?
— FlamesNation (@FlamesNation) November 16, 2017
Now, this wasn’t spearing. But what it was was a punkish move to hit a guy who had just been escorted from the ice and therefore Tkachuk “knew” he was protected from being hurt by him anymore. He was mistaken. Witkowski said YOLO and jumped back onto the ice, taking with him an automatic 10-game suspension. Then the mayhem began. All because of Tkachuk.
If you want to see all the fights from the week, and indeed the season, you have only to visit us over at HockeyFights.com
So that’s the fights that were the fights. What say you citizens of the Nation? Did you like my picks? Did I miss a fight you thought was better or worse? Do you have a suggestion for the classic fight you want to see next week? Hit me up on twitter @TheNationDan or send it in the comments below.
Square up and protect your head.