Just Another Manic Monday: The Fight Club Honors “The Yard Sale”

Jan 31, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin (top, left) fights San Jose Sharks defenseman Justin Braun (top, right) while defenseman Colin White (bottom, right) fights right wing Derek Dorsett (bottom, left) during the third period at HP Pavilion. San Jose defeated Columbus 6-0. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

The Blades of Teal Fight Club wants to take a few moments to look back on last Tuesday’s Sharks game against Columbus. We all know the Sharks beat the lowly Blue Jackets 6-0 as the Sharks rolled a team they should beat. However what most of the paying customers didn’t expect was to see a few all out brawls during the game. It’s been a few years since the Sharks have had a game where there has been a lot of fighting. If I had to guess at which game on the schedule where the Sharks and the opponent would have considerable bad blood between them, I would have guessed either the Anaheim Ducks or Dallas Stars. Then again the Blue Jackets have had a long year and knowing with 32 games left that you’re just playing out the string is tough. However when a team starts to throw elbows or use sticks in a way in which they were not intended to be used, chances are good that the game is just a fight or two waiting to happen.

The first fight stemmed from Columbus’s Jared Boll hitting the Sharks Joe Thornton in the head with his elbow just 20 seconds into the game. Later in the period Patrick Marleau would score to put the Sharks up 1-0. As the puck dropped on the ensuing face off, the Sharks Jim Vandemeer picked the perfect time to address this issue with Mr Boll. Let’s just say Mr Vandermeer did not appreciate Mr Boll’s attitude…

Later on in the third period the two would meet again:

Maybe it’s just me, but it just seems as if those two don’t really care for one another. This is why I am very happy the Sharks have someone like Jim Vandemeer. He has the back of each member of team teal along with Ryane Clowe.

And just when you thought the dust had settled and the Sharks had the game well in hand, let’s just say things got a little more “chippy”. Dan Boyle who almost never gets into fights did not care for the actions of the Blue Jackets Derick Brussard. It seems that Brussard used his hockey stick to to push away the on rushing Boyle. It’s not that Brussard used the stick in so much as “how” he used his stick. Boyle clearly was not amused and crosschecked Brussard into the boards. Brussard laid on the ice for a few seconds as Boyle apparently told him that he wasn’t hurt and to get up. Brussard and Boyle then exchanged words, and then made it clear to the fans in the stands that neither one is going to be sending a Hallmark card to the other…

Boyle pounded Brussard in a one sided fight that reminds me and I’m sure many other Sharks fans of the classic Craig Rivet versus Steve Ott tustle in 2007. In summary Boyle went “Rivet” on Brussard. It was nice of the Columbus broadcasters to be more concerned about Boyle than they were about Brussard. (Hockey Fights only gave the Blue Jackets commentators, not the customary Randy & Drew on the first couple of fights. If that was available I would have used it). Notice after the fight was broken up that Boyle and the Blue Jackets Rick Nash had a few choice words for each other.

And finally, the fight that became the now infamous “Yard Sale”. This time, we do get to hear from Randy and Drew. This started when the Blue Jackets Derek Dorsett gave a hard check to the Sharks Colin White. Just a second later Dorsett put the butt of his hockey stick into White’s shoulder. White decided that he was just not in the mood to put up with Dorsett’s shenanigans and the gloves dropped…

White handled Dorsett pretty well. In the back ground Dustin Braun is also giving the business to the Blue Jackets Fedor Tyutin. The Blue Jackets TV feed actually had the better view of the Braun versus Tyutin fracus.

There never has been so much equipment left on the ice. There were gloves, sticks, maybe a little blood and a tooth or two. All in all, this was just one of those nights where there was a few fights, and would you know it…a hockey game broke out…

The fight club also wants to honor Sunday’s game between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers. For those keeping score, the Rangers won the game 5-2. This game featured plenty of action. That’s generally what you’ll get when you get two rivals who do not like each other too well. In the first period there was Tom Sestito of the Flyers versus Brandon Dubinsky of the Rangers. This would be the first of three fights on the day for the Flyers Sestito…

In the second period, it was Sestito versus the Rangers Stu Bickel…

In the third period, it was Sestito again this time taking on the Rangers Brandon Prust. Sestito would get the gate as their is a two fight limit per player in a game, the third fight by the same player carries an automatic ejection.

Not to be out done, the Flyers Wayne Simmonds took would take on the Rangers Bickel…

Finally, the Boston Bruins Adam McQuaid has had a busy week. McQuaid was a participant in two fights this week, the first was last Tuesday versus the Ottawa Senators Zenon Konopka. This was a fight that both Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley of NESN (the Bruins network) really seemed to enjoy along with the full house at the Boston Garden…

I had to laugh a little when Brickley said that he missed hockey over the All-Star Break. Mr. Brickley, you were not alone. On Sunday McQuaid (surprise) was involved in another skirmish, this time with the Washington Capitals Matt Hendricks…

Just another Manic Monday for the Blades of Teal Fight Club…


The King Shark

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