The scene from last night’s line brawl between the Leafs and Canucks. [Screenshot]
In case you missed it last night, the Vancouver Canucks‘ losing skid continued with a 6-3 loss at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Probably more interesting than the outcome of the game, however, was the line brawl that ended up involving both teams’ goalies late in the third period.
Now really, it’s one of the tamer goalie fights I’ve ever seen. I actually kinda like how both of them end up just standing having a perfectly civil conversation by the end of it. I’m sure those guys have nothing against each other (beside their differing shirts), and obviously Miller was only jumping in to try and defend his rookie defenceman.
Of course, meanwhile Toronto’s rookie phenoms just wanted to sing a little Bon Jovi…
Fourth liners and goalies are fighting each other, and all Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner want to do is sing some Bon Jovi together pic.twitter.com/hSBFpoKLWm
— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) November 6, 2016
But it got me thinking… You know, goalie fights are pretty rare, but they’re always pretty darn cool to see. I mean, yeah, there’s always going to be people who frown on fighting as part of hockey… But for every one person like that, I’d guess there’s a handful of people who enjoy it.
So to that end, I figured I’d share some of my favourite goalie fight videos, because why not?
Quite the brawl between Jonathan Bernier and Ryan Miller in there. I guess Miller doesn’t hold any grudges against the Leafs, judging by how he and Freddy Andersen treated each other last night. Despite that video’s misleading title, those clips are definitely NOT from the 2015-16 season… As if the low-def dirt-in-the-eyes video quality wasn’t enough to tell you that.
How about this classic between my goalie hero growing up, Curtis Joseph (during his days with the St. Louis Blues) and Tim Cheveldae?
How about an official-looking Top 10 list of goalie fights?
In there, you saw clips of a couple fights between Patrick Roy and both Mike Vernon and Chris Osgood, going back to the classic rivalry of the late 90’s between the Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings. Those were a couple of doozies…
And of course, for Leafs fans what will go down as one of the greatest goalie fights of all time, Felix Potvin vs. Ron Hextall:
And what blog post about fighting goalies would be complete without this classic compilation?
I’d finish off by saying “Keep your stick on the ice,” but I guess that would be a bit ironic…