Yesterday was a pretty eventful day around the NHL. First, off the ice, the Toronto Maple Leafs traded away their captain, Dion Phaneuf, to the division rival Ottawa Senators. If you didn’t think their logo looked like him, you will now.
With NINE players changing teams in that deal, it’s the most players ever traded between division rivals in a single deal in NHL history.
In their first game without their captain, the Leafs fell short to the Calgary Flames (which is all right by me, because I also like Calgary and they need to win as often as possible to get a playoff berth), who were without three players of their own after coach Bob Hartley scratched Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Lance Bouma after the trio were late to work the day before.
During the game, Leafs forward Nazem Kadri got absolutely leveled by Calgary defenceman and captain Mark Giordano… and as you can see, he wasn’t pleased about it.
Afterward, Kadri landed himself in some hot water by making a throat-slash gesture toward Giordano, a gesture that has been banned in the NHL since 2000, when Peter Worell was warned for it. Nick Boynton has been suspended for it twice.
— theScore (@theScore) February 10, 2016
While that was all going on at the Saddledome in Calgary, a little closer to home here in Buffalo, the red-hot Florida Panthers were in town to take on the Sabres… And something happened in that game that hasn’t happened since 2002 – the same two players fought three times in the same game.
The skirmishes involved Evander Kane from the Sabres and Alex Petrovic from the Panthers, and here’s how it went down:
Hockey fights aren’t really about who wins and who loses, but I think it’s safe to say Kane won the first two rounds… And he knows it.
Oh man, that first punch Kane lands is a beauty. I think it’s safe to say Kane scored the scrap hat trick with this one. Too bad fight wins don’t score you points. Florida skated out with a 7-4 win.
One theory? Kane was avenging the injury of Patrick Kane (the two are not related), whose collarbone was broken by Petrovic last year.
The last time the same two players fought three times in the same game? Bob Probert was still lacing up his skates.
Evander Kane & Alex Petrovic are first pair of players to fight each other 3 times in a game since Bob Probert & Jody Shelley on Jan 10 2002
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) February 10, 2016
R.I.P. Probie, we miss ya!