Now that’s how you supposed to fight! From now on, that’s how you fight! That goes for everyone except Alex Burrows.
The line brawl between the Canucks and Blackhawks on Sunday night had a little bit of everything. Cheap shots, straight lefts, body slams and hair pulling. The Canucks’ Alex Burrows decided he didn’t want any of what the Hawks’ Duncan Keith was giving so he decided to man up, grab Keith’s hair and hold on for dear life. Witness his shame as well as some quality brawlin’.
Keith said, “My little sister never even pulled my hair when I was a kid. It’s kind of comical when you have a grown man trying to pull your hair on the ice.” No. This is comical on the ice. Freedom hater.
Forward Adam Burish was offended that someone would mess with Keith’s haircut. Especially a nice haircut like Duncan has. “I think that’s stupid the way he was pulling [Keith's] hair. Especially a nice haircut like Duncan has.”
Good on Ben Eager for keeping hockey fighting respectable and teaching the kids that there’s a right way to beat that ass. He worked Kevin Bieksa’s ass like a rented mule. Burrows should be ashamed. Hair pulling just embarrasses us all.
Don’t cross a man who’s willing to rock those threads like the ones pictured above. It’s obvious that he doesn’t give a damn.
If there’s one thing you want to avoid in hockey besides being slashed with a skate, it’s being the object of Don Cherry’s ire. The long time CBC analyst holds nothing back and will wreck a man like no one’s business. Who’s the poor sucker to get caught in Cherry’s crosshairs this time? The Minnesota Wild’s Cal Clutterbuck or as Cherry likes to call him, Buttercup.
Buttercup has offended Cherry’s sensibilities by fighting while wearing a visor last Friday. Clutterbuck got into a scrap with the Maple Leaf’s Ian White and didn’t bother to take off his helmet once things popped off.
The official rule is that anyone who wears a visor while fighting will be penalized but the Pioneer Press notes that the rule seems to have gone by the wayside as more and more “instigators” leave them on.
Cherry, a vocal proponent of old-school grit and protocol, hates it and ripped Clutterbuck for his fight last week with Toronto’s Ian White, which started with both players wearing helmets.
The CBC analyst and former coach also referenced an earlier fight with Phoenix’s Keith Yandle, which also drew the ire of Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky. In that fight, Clutterbuck unsnapped his helmet as if to take it off, but when Yandle made no similar move, it stayed on.
You can’t blame a player for leaving his helmet on if the other player doesn’t take his off as well. There is something to be said for leaving your helmet on when the other player removes his. There is no honor in winning that fight as Clutterbuck discovered. Don Cherry: Checking people’s honor at the door.
I’m not much of an ice skater, the few times I have gone I’ve ended up on my ass more often than not, but this is just pretty cool. Wrigley Field is installing a hockey rink for the Winter Classic, a hockey game featuring the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings on Jan. 1 and it is opening the rink up to the public to skate on January 4th for the low low price of $10.
The odds of ever getting to be on the field of Wrigley are pretty slim for normal joes and joettes, so this might just be the one chance people can have to get onto it, even if it is completely covered in ice. I am not even a Cubs fan but I would love to say that I fell and chipped a tooth on the field of Wrigley Field after faceplanting on the ice.