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Bloodied Eric Boulton wondered why refs ended fight

Feb 18, 2012, 1:13 AM EDT

The New Jersey Devils edged the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 via a shootout tonight, but not every battle was won. Watch this amusing clip of Eric Boulton‘s shortened fight with George Parros:

One can imagine the conversation going like this:

Bloodied Boulton: “What?!!! Why did you stop the fi-“

Official: “Eric, I can see your skull.”

source: Getty Images

At least that’s how I envision the conversation going. (I’m a wishful thinker.)

Rich Chere did some intrepid journalism to find out how it really shook out/burst my bubble.

“I wasn’t hurt or anything but they said they had to get in there,” Boulton said. “I wanted to keep going. I wasn’t hurt. I didn’t feel the blood until they started coming in and then I felt it trickle down my face.

“Linesmen are doing their job trying to protect the players. It was the heat of the moment and I was a little ticked off. I didn’t get a chance to get back at him. They’re just doing their job.”

And Boulton was trying to do his, which often means absorbing punches – and occasionally giving us a laugh.

  1. stakex - Feb 18, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    Parros is a big dude… Boulton should consider himself lucky the ref stepped in when he did.

  2. greatminnesotasportsmind - Feb 18, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    And I wonder why concussions are a problem…

    • joes6828 - Feb 18, 2012 at 10:34 AM

      Can you do me a favor and go through all the concussions this year and tell me which ones are from fighting? Crosby, Giroux, Pronger, Skinner, Michalek, McDonald, Schenn, Mueller, Richards are some of the bigger names with concussions this yr. How many of them are fighters? I do not think anyone will argue with you that concussions are not a concern in hockey, but please do not blame it on fighting.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Feb 18, 2012 at 11:55 AM

        As a general rule, big name players don’t usually fight. Why don’t you go through the names of the people who do drop gloves. For Christ sakes, it literally killed Derek Boogaard who got a concussion from a fight and couldn’t shake off the post concussion syndrome and mixed heavy narcotics that he was taking because of that.

      • joes6828 - Feb 18, 2012 at 3:02 PM

        As a general rule…you should know what you are talking about when speaking on a subject. I am pointing out to you that fighting isn’t the main cause of all these concussions. You do realize that total number of fights are down in the NHL, yet the number of concussions this year is up? And per research done by USAToday….ONE…yes ONE concussion this year has been linked to a fight.
        In regards to Boogaard you are taking one instance (and yes it sucks that it happened and feel horrible for his family) and saying that because of that fighting in the NHL is horrific. It was also well document that Boogaard suffered from substance abuse addiction.
        And before you want to attack fighting in hockey go speak to the boxing and MMA commissioners.

  3. martysbetter - Feb 18, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    I don’t think Parros cut him with a punch, it looks like his face got sliced when Parros was yanking his helmet off.

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