You’ve likely seen hockey fights before. And in general (but not always), the biggest fights nowadays take place in the semi-pro leagues. On Sunday, however, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers were sure to give their fans a show with an all out, multiplayer brawl that even featured the opposing coaches nearly coming to blows.
With the game all-but-over with about one minute left in the third period and the Flyers up by three goals, things got ugly. Pittsburgh’s Joe Vitale laid a massive hit on a Flyer player Danny Briere and all hell broke loose. Pay special attention near the 20-second mark when you see the coaches stand up on the boards and nearly come to blows:
“Those guys hadn’t been out there in 12 minutes,” Flyer’s Coach Peter Laviolette said, referring to the fourth line of players on the ice, generally enforcers used for hard hits. “It’s a gutless move by their coach. It’s gutless.”
But Pittsbrugh’s move might have been in retaliation for an earlier play by the Flyers, when one of their players took a questionable shot at Penguins’ star Sidney Crosby who has been sidelined much of the year with a concussion.
“It’s pretty cheap,” Crosby said of the hit. “He skates 10 feet in between the whistle. I don’t know. If that’s a sign of what’s to come it’s going to be a pretty tough playoff series.”
(H/T: Business Insider)