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Inside the Evgeni Malkin-Rick Nash fight

Sep 26, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

malkinvsnash.jpg(Image via Nicole Shuster, originally found at The Pensblog.)

During the Calgary Flames magical playoff run that brought them within one win of a Stanley Cup, Jarome Iginla made a name for himself by scoring a ton of the team’s goals but also made waves by fighting just about anyone. It was a rare moment in which a star player acquitted himself nicely in the field of fisticuffs.

While this bout is far from Cam Janssen’s two and a half minute long fight, Evgeni Makin and Rick Nash dropped the gloves in last night’s 3-1 Penguins win. (Watch the video here.)

Almost 91 percent of Hockey’s readers gave Malkin the “win” while 4.5 percent chose “draw” and the remaining 4.5 percent somehow thought Nash won the battle.

The Pensblog put up some interesting stills of the fight as they were waiting for video footage. Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy provided a little write-up of the fight while the Columbus Dispatch’s Puck-Rakers Blog provided some interesting context that might explain why it happened in the first place.

Nash showed leadership throughout the game including a big open-ice hit on Malkin in the second period. The line of Nash, Derick Brassard and Voracek held its own against the Makin, Crosby and Brett Sterling. The Jackets’ trio combined for six shots and was on the ice for a goal for each team. Malkin got the best of Nash in the fight as he managed to pull the captain’s jersey over his head. “I don’t know if that was left over from the Olympics, but you don’t see that often,” Arniel said of two star fighting.

Nash said Malkin slashed him repeatedly during faceoffs. Malkin is a competitor, and you’ve got to believe open-ice hit didn’t sit well with the big Russian.

Said Nash: That’s part of the game. You battle with one player all night and sometimes it ends up in a fight.”

Interesting stuff there. Too bad the Penguins and Blue Jackets play in different conferences, because it sounds like the two teams could develop an interesting mini-rivalry. Again, if you want to see the video, click here.

  1. Matt W. - Sep 26, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    As a CBJ fan – they don’t need to develop one. They already have it. Lots of Pens fans come to Columbus, and lots of Jackets fans return the favor to Pittsburgh. The cities are only three hours apart, which makes them a way easier road trip than any of the Western Conference teams.
    Both sides seem to get just a little extra nasty when they play each other, too. It’s a fantastic game to watch whenever they play. I wish we got it more than once (or if we’re lucky, twice) a year.

  2. Anonymous - Sep 26, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Isn’t Pitt like a short drive from Colombus? No reason they should be in different divisions. Hopefully they can re-figure the division bracketing sometime soon and keep them together. If NYI move in 2014-15 as previously discused, they could wind up in a new division, leaving an opening in the Atlantic.

  3. Matt W. - Sep 26, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Fairly short drive. From the front door at Nationwide Arena to the front door at Mellon Arena was about a three hour drive.
    Most CBJ fans would rather be in the East. The level of hockey may not be as good, but the ease in following games, especially when on the road, would be far easier.

  4. simsimiongerr - Sep 26, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    ay budder check out this thing ive been using lately. . my sports management professor told me about it a few weeks ago. n good luck today

  5. NYRFTW - Sep 26, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    What fight? There were a total of 5 punches thrown, 4 by Malkin 1 by Nash. The fight between Stamkos and Zherdev is way better. If they think their tough they should try fighting Boogaard! These guys are clowns when it comes to fighting!

  6. Malkin sucks!! - Sep 27, 2010 at 12:27 AM

    Malkin drops his stick first, then hits Nash from behind. He must be taking fighting lessons from Sidney Crosby and Matt Cooke.

  7. Anonymous - Sep 27, 2010 at 11:48 PM

    nothing beats Semin and his rolling fist was like a monkey playing bongoes. =)

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