When goalies fight

I grew up in a hockey market, I played hockey as a kid, I played college hockey (such as it was) and I still think hockey is one of the most graceful of all sports.

That said, is there anything sillier than a couple of goalies squaring off?

That was last night in Boston.

You can go years without seeing fights between goalies. The NHL has had two in the last week.

  • Greg W

    Holy buckets. DiPietro should have figured out Johnson was a lefty.

    You’re correct, Bob. Goalie fights tend to be on the silly/hilarious side. Except for any time Patrick Roy fought Mike Vernon.

  • Curtis

    Given DiPietro’s injury history I’m surprised he would willingly put himself in a position to go on IR.

    I think the physical nature of hockey gets overplayed by people both inside and outside the game; that said, I always found goalie fights to be pretty cool. As a youngster the Felix Potvin/Ron Hextall tilt was right up there with a Brett Hull one-timer or a Pavel Bure end-to-end rush on the excitement scale.

  • Bob Collins

    Back when I was a kid, we’d see the occasional goalie fight. Of course, back then, the goalies had a little more flexibility. They didn’t have pads the size of railroad freight cars.

  • Paul

    Hockey may be graceful but fights are not entertaining – they are violent and ugly. While I can agree that goalie fights look silly relative to other hockey fights, the whole enterprise is nauseating. When I read this post I quickly scrolled back up in the hopes that it was penned by a guest author and not my beloved Bob Collins, but no such luck. Sigh.

  • Greg W

    That was kind of harsh, Paul.

    Bob is going to need a pillow the size of Carey Price’s left leg pad when he cries himself to sleep tonight.

  • V

    I couldn’t bring myself to call Price-Thomas a fight.

    And Greg W, I also thought at first that DiPietro should have known Johnson was a lefty, but apparently he’s not. From starting Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury on his fightin’ backup:

    “Johnny was sick,” Fleury told The Associated Press after mopping up in the win. “He’s a righty, first of all, and he goes in as a lefty. That was awesome. He was so calm, so relaxed. It was just boom! His expression never changed. It was just boom, and that was it.”

  • Bob Collins

    //hopes that it was penned by a guest author and not my beloved Bob Collins, but no such luck. Sigh.

    Well, at least you didn’t go with “I expect more from MPR.” If you had, I’d have had to take a swig. (g)

  • Jim Shapiro

    Hockey is an amazingly skilled sport that allows the participants to swing sticks, wear sharp blades, and fight. Quit whining, Paul.

  • Paul

    I should have known that blasphemy against the state sport would incite the wrath of a few high school has-beens suffering from Dementia Pugilistica, but to mock a member during the drive week? If you see Bill Kling in the hall and he throws his gloves off, I recommend you run for your life.

  • Bob Collins

    “high school has been”????? I’ll have you know I garnered …umm… er….. ehhh….. 0 points in my high school career.

    I’m a proud “never was”

  • Greg W

    I’m a proud “never-was”, also.

    Paul, it had nothing to do with hockey.

    It was the judgmental, holier-than-thou attitude regarding one person’s interests compared to another.

    Whatever happened to looking at the whole person and accepting or even celebrating differences?

  • Bob Collins

    This is a first. After nearly four years of doing News Cut, I have no clue what these comments are about. (g)

    It’s a very “Minnesotan” thread.

  • Greg W

    Isn’t it obvious? It’s about bringing the troops home.

  • Billy Liar

    Bringing the troops home may be graceful but Minnesotan comment threads are not entertaining – they are violent and ugly. While I can agree that Minnesotan comment threads look silly relative to other comment threads the whole enterprise is nauseating. When I read this post I quickly scrolled back up in the hopes that it was penned by a guest author and not my beloved Paul, but no such luck. Sigh.

  • Bob Collins

    I don’t know when I’ve ever been more entertained by a thread.