Every Friday we will be adding one of our favorite hockey videos from over the years. Some might be painful, some might be just plain dirty, but they all have a story behind them that make them downright awesome and great to watch over and over again.
|12 guys had double digit penalty minutes this game. Wow.|
These are the player stats from March 5, 2004 in a game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Ottawa Senators. In case you missed it, there were a great deal of penalties that game. So many penalties, that it set a NHL record for most penalty minutes in a game with 419 PIMs total. A week before this game, Martin Havlat of the Senators was suspended 2 games for a high stick on a then 36 year old Mark Recchi, and his first game back from suspension was against the Flyers. Recchi said this about Havlat:
"It might not come from our team. But he better protect himself."This is what happened in the final two minutes of the game.
In total, 20 players were ejected from the game, leaving 5 players combined on the team benches. It took the officials 90 minutes to sort out the penalties after the game, no wonder it set a record for penalty minutes. Some great tilts in this one, Fisher-Handzus, Brashear-Ray, Recchi-Smolinski, Chara-Timander, Esche-Lalime, and Sharp-Spezza. Even then-Flyers GM, Bobby Clarke, wanted to get in on the action, as he had to be restrained from going after then-Senators coach Jacques Martin.
Whoever says fans don't like fighting should tell that to the 21,500,000 viewers of this YouTube clip.
Like big brawls? You'll probably like this.
The Punchup in Piestany
Ron Hextall vs. Felix Potvin