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Myers on first NHL fight: “It’s nice to finally get it out of the way”

Mar 1, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

Last night in Anaheim, Tyler Myers dropped the gloves for the first time in the NHL. It wasn’t pretty, but he hung on against an experienced fighter, Sheldon Brookbank.

For Sabres fans who keep waiting for the 6-foot-8 defenseman to add some nasty to his game, it was a start.

“It’s nice to finally get it out of the way,” Myers told The Buffalo News. “You could tell I didn’t really know what I was doing out there, but it’s always good to get the first one out of the way. Now if it presents itself again, I’ll have a little bit of an understanding of how to approach it.”

Myers was one of the Sabres who failed to respond after Milan Lucic ran over Ryan Miller, and given his size, it was hard to escape criticism. Suffice to say Zdeno Chara and Chris Pronger – the two players Myers is constantly compared to – wouldn’t have been so docile.

  1. mehetmet - Mar 1, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    too bad dropping the gloves is about the only thing he did…

    • donfocker89 - Mar 1, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      Having suffered a previous broken right wrist and the inability to grow facial hair will do that to yah.

    • buffalodave10 - Mar 1, 2012 at 6:52 PM

      It wouldn’t have been to smart for him to throw down, risking injury to his wrist, especially since the Sabres just won the game.

      He does need to learn how to clinch though, blocking punches with your face isn’t the way to go.

  2. odj810 - Mar 1, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    He needs to get more physical if he’s going to be a dominant player in this league. He could be more dominating to chara if he commited to the weightroom and physical style of play. He doesn’t need to be the best fighter but he certainly has to be a more physical presence.

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