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Fights Friday: The “Classic” Panthers / Red Wings Rivalry

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.

This is the tenth in our weekly series recapping the week of fights. Nine fights bumps us up to a total of 103 fights on the year. Still well below the pace to get to 300 fights on the season so far. The quality of fights is still remaining relatively high. One sub-3.0 out of 10 rating (more on that later) makes for a good week of bouts.

This week we have one game giving us two of the top tilts, a fight that wasn’t a fight and a beauty of an enforcer retires.

Show me the tilts.

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No. 3:

Jujhar Khaira vs Nick Foligno

The lead up to this may not show in the video. Foligno has just served a penalty and was hot. He saw Draisaitl hit one of his guys so he went after him. Then McDavid comes in to stop Nick from hitting Leon, and finally Jujhar Khaira comes in to give Foligno what he wanted. Someone to hit, and hit he did. Khaira stands in there for quite a beating but give Nick the nod here.

No. 2:

Micheal Haley vs Luke Witkowski

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Micheal Haley vs Luke Witkowski

Yes that’s two guys, fighting twice in one night. Luke Witkowski was fresh off his 10 game suspension from the Calgary brawl he was the main aggressor in, a few weeks ago. Michael Haley is one of the Hockey Fights biggest content creators with nine fights already this year. The two locked up for two very respectable goes of it. Even caught a smile there from Witkowski before the second one.

No. 1:

Aaron Ekblad vs Luke Glendening

Everyone knows of the Panthers/Red Wings rivalry, right? No? Well on the 11th of December you’d be hard pressed to find a more fight filled game than these two. This was the third tilt in the game. With five career fights between Ekblad (3) and Glendening (2), you didn’t expect much in this fight. But what you didn’t get in defense they more than made up for in offense. Glendening tagged Ekblad hard in the early going but Aaron was able to regain his composure and took it to Luke late in the fight.

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Classic Fight of the Week:

Zdeno Chara vs Chris Neil

Yesterday, Chris Neil announced he was retiring from the game of hockey. So I thought it only fitting to include int his week’s classic fight of the week, one of hockey fights’ most watched YouTube clips of all-time. Neil laid a massive hit on an earlier shift. Chara was not pleased with that and before a draw in the Bruins zone he skates up to ask for Neil to oblige, and oblige he did. Neil worked hard to keep within Big Z’s massive wingspan and did so quite well. Chara isn’t really a fighter so much as a monster of a man that throws around his opponents. Chara was unable to do that on this occasion. We wish Chris all the best in his retirement and thank him for the many highlights on our site.

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.

Alexandre Burrows AND Dave Jackson/Tom Chmielewski

This is one of the more confusing exchanges I have seen in my time watching hockey.

First off, Alexandre Burrows is always going to be that player that plays over the line of pest. This was plain and simple a butt-ending that is just disgusting. He missed the last five minutes of a 5 – 0 blow out loss and then his additional “punishment” was a $5000 slap on the wrist from the NHL. Two bar tabs at the club for the boys? Oh no. Anyways, for him to get a fighting major here was weird and confusing.

That’s where the referees come into this one. Both Tom Chmielewski and Dave Jackson need to be shown Hockeyfights.com by some kind soul. There they may just find out what a real fight looks like versus a pest pesting away.

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

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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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