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Who Would you Like to See Fight?

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If you could see any two players fight who would you? I would see Crosby And Ovie!
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Flyers' leading scorer Mark Recchi got his lip busted and stitched from a two-handed swinging stick to the kisser by Ottawa Senators' forward, Martin Havlat. The right-wing Havlat would receive a two-game suspension for his cowardly act; while Recchi, his teammates

“He two-handed me across the face.” said the fat-lipped Recchi after the game. ``It might not come from our team, it might come from some other team, but he will because he's cheap and he does stupid stuff like that. He'd better learn to protect himself.”

On Mar. 5, 2004 – one-week after the Halvat cheapshot – Philly hosted Ottawa as the two top-teams in their respective Divisions' squared-off. Nonetheless, the bad blood carried over and escalated into an NHL-record-breaking 419 penalty minutes in the 60-minute contest. Five separate brawls took place – goaltenders included – and the ejections of 16 different players occurred within the final two-minutes of the third period. (The old NHL record for most penalty minutes in a game was 406, set by the Minnesota North Stars and Boston Bruins in 1981)

``My teammates didn't forget what happened,'' said Recchi after the battle. ``There was a lot of emotion.''

Fortunately for Havlat, he skated through the contest virtually unscathed, as he served Zdeno Chara's two-minute instigator penalty during the melle. But even though Havlat didn't “eat his lunch” that Friday night, Recchi and his teammates rallied around each other and made a statement to the Senators, to the rest of the league, and to their fans. The Flyers won that contest 5-3, all while keeping retribution in the back of their minds.
I write this story of six years ago in the recent wake of Penguins' Matt Cooke's headshot-hit on Boston Bruins' No. 1 center, Marc Savard, and the non-suspension decision of Cooke by NHL's Sr. V.P. and Director of Operations, Colin Campbell. In real-life hockey speed, it was clear that no referee saw the TKO-hit to No. 91. And it's still unclear if any of the players on the ice – other than Michael Ryder – actually saw it either. To much of the fans' dismay, the Bruins did nothing to avenge Savard's Grade 2 concussion on Sunday afternoon.
I, for one, was OK with the non-retaliation at the time. [OK as in not super-stoked, but not incredibly ticked-off either]. Not only with the aforementioned reasons, but also according to the NHL Rule 47.22, which states: “A player who is deemed to be the instigator of an altercation in the final five minutes or at any time in overtime shall be suspended for one game, pending a review of the incident. The Director of Hockey Operations [Campbell] will review every such incident and may rescind the suspension based on a number of criteria. The criteria for the review shall include, but not limited to, the score, previous incidents, etc...”

And with the Bruins past luck with Director Campbell [no suspension for Scott Walker's sucker punch to Aaron Ward in Game 5 of last year's Eastern Conference semifinals] and the Penguins fortunate calls with Campbell [no suspension for Evgeni Malkin's instigator penalty in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, and now Cooke's no time off for his actions] it seems as though that the Sr. V.P. uses his “criteria” in mysterious ways.
Four games still remain – all against Eastern Conference teams – for the Bruins between now and the 18th. While sitting in eighth-place in the Eastern Conference with 70 points, the B's are just four-points behind the Flyers, and three-points ahead of the ninth-place Rangers. So for the next week, it should be business as usual for Boston: aggressions in check, playing composed, and capturing as many points as possible while on their longest road trip of the season.
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