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Mike Green fights Kovalchuk


Last winter, I provided some ridiculous screen shots of Mike Green and Bobby Ryan scrapping while lying on the ice. It was to a hockey fight what Velveeta is to cheese.

Saturday night, Green moved from on-ice grappling to the real thing, throwing down with Ilya Kovalchuk during the end-game punch-fest that developed at Verizon Center. It was the second real fight of Green's NHL career, and it sort of showed, with the two men whiffing initially -- "pawing at long distance," as Joe Beninati put it -- then finally linking up and engaging in a high-speed super-spin tango that must have left them more dizzy than anything else. It's possible jazz hands were involved.

"Mike Green is one of those players trying to get something going, I guess," Devils coach John MacLean said, via the Star-Ledger.

"I don't know what's in the water," Bruce Boudreau said, via Brian McNally. You got [Detroit Red Wings center Pavel] Datsyuk fighting one night and Mike Green the next night. But [the Devils] were frustrated because they're a proud team and I don't know if they've been beaten like that for a while. When they see their leader Kovalchuk fighting then I assume - like if [Ovechkin] fought for us - you say 'Well, if he's fighting then I'm going to go down swinging, too."

Though in this case, it was swinging of the "swing your partner 'round and 'round" variety. Anyhow, Green was giving up more than 20 pounds to Kovalchuk, so good on him.

By Dan Steinberg  | October 10, 2010; 9:10 AM ET
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Comments

The whole fighting thing is silly. It's not needed in the Olympics. It's not needed in the NHL. Anyone who backs fighting in the NHL, click above and explain what that adds to the game.

Posted by: capscapscaps2 | October 10, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

"More fans come to the game to see fighting than stay away because of it"

Posted by: gws2p | October 11, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Maybe if they imposed mandatory game suspensions, say 5 for the players involved, regardless who started it, as well as 3 games for the coach for each time his players are in a fight along with hefty fines, then that my halt the silly needless fighting that is a constant in almost every game.

Posted by: bbmcoachk | October 11, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

ESPN has polled the players and GMS 90% of them want fighting in the game. The do this poll every few years and the result is always the same. If you don't like fighting stay home.

Posted by: caps512 | October 11, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

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