Mike Green wrestles with Bobby Ryan
When Mike Green and Bobby Ryan had a brief dalliance near the end of the second period during Wednesday night's Caps win, multiple people--online and on television--suggested that this looked more like a wrestling match or MMA bout than a traditional stand-and-slug hockey fight. Regardless, as with all combat sports, there were some great visuals of the incident. Any time leg-locks factor into hockey fights, I'm on-board.
In case you missed the festivities, here's a pictorial recap. And yes, this gimmick is probably getting old. See if that stops me.
1) It started off fairly normally as the men skated toward the Washington net. First Green gave Ryan a right to the head. Then Ryan reciprocated with, what else, a right to the head. Then both men headed into the boards together. Also, notice how they grow in size as this progresses. Weird.
"Bobby Ryan forced to the outside, then he mauls Green all the way to the window," narrates Joe B. on the CSN broadcast.
No one, but no one, talks cooler than a hockey announcer in heat.
2) Green goes for the immediate takedown, and scores how ever many points one of those is worth.
"Pushing and shoving, a little head shot, a head shot back, and down they go," Craig Laughlin says.
3) When they land on the ice, they assume a rather unfortunate position. Green appears to be straddling Ryan's head. That's not good for anyone.
"Those two stay entangled," is how Joe B. puts it.
"Green had the upperhand there," Laughlin later adds.
4) By any angle, this is weird-looking, and so a readjustment is necessary to continue any hostilities.
5) And so they roll.
"Watch the quick spin move!" Locker says.
6) And roll.
7) And roll.
8) And as they keep rolling, Green's legs get involved in the fray.
9) "Green going with the leg lock," Joe B. observes. "Mike Green's an MMA fan. That looked like it had a little bit of that to it, didn't it?"
"Yeah, it did," agrees Laughlin, who later admits he doesn't know what MMA stands for.
"Like he was fighting from the guard," Beninati adds.
10) Ryan, meantime, is going for the pin.
"And there was nothing he could do down there," Laughlin goes on. "You feel helpless. I mean, you're being pinned down, you're given head shots, you're getting kneed. And Greenie, as you mentioned, just tries to wrap him up with his legs."
11) While Ryan is continuing to punch Green in the head. That seems unsporting. The three count, meantime, seems imminent. In traditional wrestling narratives, it would now be time for an ally to rush out of the tunnel and spring into the ring to interrupt the pin. Sure, maybe that's against the rules, but you'd rather have a double DQ than a pin, right?
12) Mr. Nasty!
13) And, mayhem. If you look closely, you'll see that behind the forest of legs, Ryan is continuing to punch Green in the head. Still, it's sort of unclear who got the better of things. I'll call it a draw.
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