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.
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