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Posted at 1:58 PM ET, 02/ 7/2011

The Caps review David Steckel's fight

By Dan Steinberg

David Steckel maybe possibly isn't the best-known fighter on the Caps -- has him logging five fights over the past four seasons, to give just one measure. But when the Pens' Tim Wallace came calling on Sunday afternoon, Steckel obliged.

This, of course, prompted at least one member of the Caps dressing room to refer to Steckel as Brock Lesnar on Monday afternoon. And this led me to ask the Caps' best-known fighters about Steckel's performance. Like, was it awkward watching him fight?

"I don't know, I've seen Semin fight, so...." John Erskine said.

Or do they have any tips for future bouts?

"Maybe when you guys aren't around," Matt Hendricks said.

"If you've seen me fight, I don't think I should be giving anybody tips," Matt Bradley said.

"I have to watch it a little more to see what to [tell him], but it was okay," D.J. King said.

If there's one thing they all said, though, it was that Steckel was to be commended for accepting the fight.

"I mean, he's a big boy," King said. "You kind of knew it was going to happen. He did his job well. I thought it was good. He's just a big body, right, so he can just kind of stretch him out."

"I thought he did a great job," Bradley said. "I mean, he answered the bell, and we're all happy for him."

"He held his own," Erskine said. "Those guys wanted him for some reason, and he took the challenge. And he hung in there, threw some punches and did well for himself."

"I thought he did a great job," Hendricks said. "I'm sure he knew that something was gonna arise. I know him very well and he's not that type of player; there was no dirty play [on Sidney Crosby] in my mind. [But] I'm sure he knew there was gonna be repercussions and he was gonna have to stick up for himself, and he did an outstanding job. He used his benefits very well -- his long reach -- stood up, didn't get his head down. Did a great job."

Steckel, as you might guess, was also asked about his fighting prowess on Monday.

"I'm not good at it," he said. "I don't know. I thought I did all right."

By Dan Steinberg  | February 7, 2011; 1:58 PM ET
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6'5 220. That's a heavyweight but he fought like a lightweight. Might want to leave the fighting to others.

Posted by: Diesel44 | February 7, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

"If you've seen me fight, I don't think I should be giving anybody tips," Matt Bradley said. TOP QUOTE! oh the memories

Posted by: epostell | February 7, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Any discussion of Steckel's fight has to include this line from the story on the game in the Pittsburgh newspaper:

"While Wallace might have been a surprise choice to fight Steckel, it turned out that Steckel had turned down a number of Crosby's other teammates who ask him to drop his gloves."

Posted by: LionelMandrake | February 7, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Would that be the same Pittsburgh paper that called Matt Cooke's knee-to-knee shot on Ovechkin "skate-to-skate contact"?

Posted by: DC2Dallas | February 7, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

At least Steckel has improved since the Zenon Konopka debacle last year against Tampa Bay...

Posted by: Sportaholic | February 7, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

It wasn't bad, man, he stayed upright and took his hits. Didn't embarrass himself out there like Semin.

Posted by: 202character | February 7, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse


Where is that quote? I want to read about it.

Posted by: padre123 | February 7, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Size & weight don't matter.
Or have you not seen how the little moving guys can out lift & out maneuver those big muscle bound guys & leave them gasping for air?

Posted by: Rocc00 | February 7, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse


There is no place for fighting in hockey.

Posted by: freakzilla | February 7, 2011 8:26 PM | Report abuse

@freakzilla Please tell me you're joking. If you're not, just stop watching hockey.

As for the fight, it was boring. 1.0 on a scale of 10. But, at least Steckel stepped up.

Posted by: Incredulous2 | February 7, 2011 10:19 PM | Report abuse

He had a month to get ready and that's the best he could manage? In his shoes, I probably woul dhave accepted previous offers to fight, then turtled for some good power play time and fought some one I knew I could win. In any event, Cooke turning down Bradley was pretty cowardly.

Word to freakzilla - watch another sport if that's how you feel.

Posted by: GFisher1 | February 8, 2011 9:05 AM | Report abuse


Pens were gonna keep coming after Steckel. He gave their golden child brain damage. He answered the bell and held his own, good for Stecks.

These locker room quotes are great though. It's good to see a little bit of scrap thrown into the roster. Little bit being the most accurate description.

Posted by: seth_malaguerra | February 8, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Here are links to two articles, the first has a quote from Boudreau on the fight:

And this other is from the article I used:

Posted by: LionelMandrake | February 8, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I thought Crosby was born that way? And to think he wasn't stupid before the Steckel collision, man, my bad.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | February 8, 2011 11:48 AM | Report abuse

I think the best quote was Erskine's ""I don't know, I've seen Semin fight, so...."

I still can see that "fight"; Staal had all kinds of scratch marks on his face the next day. :-D

Posted by: ATOMIX1 | February 8, 2011 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Some people on here would think there is no room for hockey in fighting.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | February 8, 2011 12:11 PM | Report abuse

"Steckel the Destruc-torĀ®"


Posted by: Rhino40 | February 8, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Steckel needs to take a page from Matt Hendricks' book at pay a visit to the DJ King School of Fighting. Seems to have paid off quite nicely.

Posted by: ljo211 | February 8, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

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