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Friday Fights: A journey back to old school hockey

Hello out there, I’m on the air, it’s Hockey Fights today. This is a weekly feature where we will take a look back at the best tilts of the week that was, a fond look back at the fights that were, and a strong finger wag at the worst fight of the week.

I’m Nation Dan and I am here to bring you HockeyFights.com‘s week 6 of Friday Fights. Thirteen more fights were added to the total of 70 this season. Another week mired by a plethora of four out of 10 ratings which on the scale created for rating. The big producer of content this week was a brawl that occurred at 14:04 of the third period in Detroit on Wednesday night. Two fights and 99 minutes came from that time stamp and we will have more on that later.

In this installment we see brawls galore, an open challenge and more responses to clean hits.

Show me the tilts.

No. 3:

Ryan Reaves vs Liam O’Brien

In case you haven’t had a chance to watch this young man over the past few years, Ryan Reaves is a monster tough guy. Perhaps one of the last great fighters in the NHL. He made a nice, clean hit and O’Brien, to his credit stood up against him. Not to his credit, O’Brien also got mashed. Then afterwards Reaves went out to openly challenge the Caps bench and as many speculate, Tom Wilson specifically. There was plenty of game after this and the Caps didn’t bite on the open challenge, instead opting to win on the scoreboard. Love that Pens/Caps rivalry.

No. 2:

Brett Kulak vs Luke Witkowski and Travis Hamonic vs Anthony Mantha

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For a brief moment of this one I thought for sure I had stepped back into a time machine to the 90s and 80s. Offence abound for at least one team (8-2 final score for the Wings) and the other team looking for the pound of flesh they couldn’t achieve on the scoreboard. If you’re a fan of some good old fashioned angry, this is the highlight for you.

No. 1:

Josh Gorges vs Jordie Benn

Former Hab takes out Gallagher in a clean hit. Newer Hab takes exception with hit. Fight ensues. The script is the same, but the tilt was actually good. Benn with some nice “karate kid” blocks in there with a little wax on, wax off action. A couple of good tags and the linesmen coming in at the right time to let the boys go get a rest.

Classic Fight of the Week:

Edmonton Oilers vs Atlanta Thrashers

Ivan Majesky vs Jason Smith

Andy Sutton vs Eric Brewer

Jeff Cowan vs Jason Chimera

Serge Aubin vs Mike Bishai

Pasi Nurminen vs Ty Conklin

Francis Lessard vs Georges Laraque

Point of reference. There were 13 fights in total in the NHL this week. There was 11 fights on this one night in the NHL in 2004. Edmonton and Atlanta, the hottest rivalry in the NHL ever.. was the source of seven of these bouts of course. But you get the idea. The folks over at hockey fights break down each of the fights nicely for you, click each link for the fights above.

Finger Wag of the Week:

This is where we normally feature the one fight that probably deserved two minutes for occurring, rather than a major. Or a player that needs to be put on blast

Matthew Tkachuk

Now, this wasn’t spearing. But what it was was a punkish move to hit a guy who had just been escorted from the ice and therefore Tkachuk “knew” he was protected from being hurt by him anymore. He was mistaken. Witkowski said YOLO and jumped back onto the ice, taking with him an automatic 10-game suspension. Then the mayhem began. All because of Tkachuk.

If you want to see all the fights from the week, and indeed the season, you have only to visit us over at HockeyFights.com

So that’s the fights that were the fights. What say you citizens of the Nation? Did you like my picks? Did I miss a fight you thought was better or worse? Do you have a suggestion for the classic fight you want to see next week? Hit me up on twitter @TheNationDan or send it in the comments below.

Square up and protect your head.

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      • McRaj

        FU. Jealous of what? A pansy pest who won’t back it up?
        Pretty sure you guys thought Sammy was better than Leon after one season too.
        Worst fans in the league = Flames “fake” fans.

        • ThisBigMouthIsRight

          No FU McRaj… Tkachuk has always backed up his antics and where would one hit wonder year Leon without Mcdissapear? Pumped up lottery fans = Welfare team ego.

        • cgyearnall/edmfreeloaders

          Only thing worse than the oilers are the retarded fans with blunders on …worst team in last decade ..bar none…friggin joke…even with given not earned top picks that suck..while in that city..lol..

          • cgyearnall/edmfreeloaders

            Your opinions like your team are weak..your team is in last 11 years good at looking only..not tough.hard working..etc over hyped over valued…and where great players go to die.. where really hood players wither under your tutilage

        • cgyearnall/edmfreeloaders

          Sorry to correct another dumb misinformed edmonton fan…calgary has best fans and attendance In league top 5..suck it jersey tossing loosers

        • Carl the tooth

          When soiler trolls decide to come over after 1win in every 3 games and try to rip on The Flames .or try to talk Trash about our Superstar Tkachuk!! Yeah it annoyed a few of us .now I think we will stay .we like it here!! Lolol this site is now Flames nation as well .we Just took over muhahahahahahaha!!! Lol

    • ThisBigMouthIsRight

      You know whats Cowardly? Luke Witkowski – 6′ 2″ | 210 lb | Age: 27 Jumping a rookie D man, Brett Kulak – 6′ 2″ | 187 lb | Age: 23 Who has never been in a NHL Fight before, then keeps hitting him when he is down and in a game that was already Over. That POS is a true Coward and deserves the boot from the NHL, No Class or Hockey code.

    • Flames suck@hockey

      I like the edge that he plays with but there are things he does that are over the line and if he’s not careful he will be remembered like Sean Avery the biggest POS to ever lace up a pair of skates

  • Alberta Ice

    The bum pat his own Red Wing teammate gave to Wit looked more solid than the nearly simultaneous little love pat Tkachuk gave with the stick to his leg. In fact, as I was watching it on live TV, I saw the teammates pat and missed Tkachuk entirely. Glad they can resolve these matters by replays now. Otherwise I would have missed the ‘spearing’ incident entirely.

  • The Sultan

    I’d pay good money to see the clip of Nurse knocking Draisaitl out. Worst fans in the league? Edmonton. Worst team over the last 12 years? Edmonton and it isn’t even close. Go plan the parade, oh wait, you can’t, not in a playoff position, probably won’t make the playoffs again for another 11 years.

  • Carl the tooth

    A Punkish move by Tkachuk? All because of TKACHUK! Nation dan do t quit your day job .it all started because big tough guy goes after a rookie non fighter .then tries to smash him on the ice After , that’s what started it !!! Tkachuk should have lynched him let alone a love tap saying I’m gonna get you next time I got your number. Big deal .

    • Flames suck@hockey

      Yes punk move if your going to comment at least look at the video peoples extremely biased and uneducated opinions are getting old
      Kulak drops his gloves first and the exrta shove at the end is a non factor if your Lil grease ball did it you would have ate it up
      If Tkachuk wanted to do a little chip I’m ok with that but he followed him from the face off dot and waited tell he was off the ice then does his little slash like a coward

      • Carl the tooth

        Lol well he’s catching up to connor in points and he’s only on a secondline . Like I said go look at Tkachuk NHL fights ? Then go back under your bridge ,you have nothing son ! Just epic Jealousy and we love it lol . Your intimidated by Tkachuk! Enjoy your golf soup buddy enjoy . Carl is laughing at you !! Lolololol

        • Flames suck@hockey

          I never said he is a coward I said that he was acting like a coward and that he stepped out of line
          I even said I like the edge he brings to the game
          Also not sure it’s trolling if the article was posted on ON
          Your team is regressing and will fall to reality soon seeing as you are guaranteed to loose every game Smyth doesn’t play

        • Stanley

          Well, except Witkowski……

          Because we all saw him cower from him when he turned around.

          But i’m sure Witkowski is the toughest guy in the league right? Right?

          • Carl the tooth

            so you didn’t go watch Tkachuk s fights . How about how he was willing to fight the entire LA team lololol what a Joke . Tkachuk could destroy any soiler player any day .enjoy your12 million dolla golf player lolol

        • Flames suck@hockey

          I have seen him take runs at lots players and then he hides behind the new rules I don’t think he has a single fight against a oiler and for how scrappy both teams are and how much they play each other the only explanation is that he is scared so that makes him a spot picker too

          • Carl the tooth

            That’s also how you agitate he’s a master at it . If he does it’s only because it gets under there skin even more if they can’t get at him .but whenever he obliges he feeds them knuckle soup 🍜.

  • Carl the tooth

    And when witlessowski stepped back on the ice to come after Tkachuk,Tkachuk went right up face to face with him with the ref in between.so anyone saying he is a coward should look at the video again . Don’t worry all good I don’t mind correctly the help .

  • cgyearnall/edmfreeloaders

    Your opinions like your team are weak..your team is in last 11 years good at looking only..not tough.hard working..etc over hyped over valued…and where great players go to die.. where really hood players wither under your tutilage