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Video: Scott Hartnell fights Troy Brouwer in defense of a teammate

Mar 4, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

It didn’t take long for one of the NHL’s leaders in hits, Washington’s Troy Brouwer, to nail the Flyers’ Erik Gustafsson hard enough into the boards to actually open the door to the Capitals’ bench. Unsurprisingly, Scott Hartnell took exception to that and the two dropped the gloves. You can watch the fight and the hit that caused it below.

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This is a key contest for both teams as Washington is fighting for a playoff spot and Philadelphia is still in the race for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.

  1. creasemasta41 - Mar 4, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Holy Flow Hartnell

  2. natswizskincap - Mar 4, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Who is the moron with NBC or Pro_talk that can’t seem to post videos that iPhone users can watch? Funny to think this site is behind the times. Get it together b/c you’re embarrassing yourselves!

    • taytay099 - Mar 5, 2012 at 12:20 AM

      I just checked on my phone and the video won’t show on the NBC Sports Talk app or on the browser. Seems like youtube videos are the only ones that work on this site when I browse on my phone.

  3. muttbolts - Mar 4, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Androids can watch videos.crap

  4. muttbolts - Mar 4, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Can’t I meant can’t

  5. pkswally024 - Mar 4, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    I have an iPhone. No problems viewing these videos.

  6. tcclark - Mar 5, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    This is why the NHL is the best. One of the leagues top goal scorers sacrifices his body for the sake of a teammate…. and then in classic Hartnell fashion, falls down.

  7. hartsy19 - Mar 5, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Just lookin out for one of the guys. It’s the least I can do.

  8. xxshookonexx - Mar 5, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    I must have blinked and missed the fight…who won

    • hartsy19 - Mar 5, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      my hair

  9. chalkruz1989 - Mar 5, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Not a big hockey enthusiast, but, that’s one thing I enjoy about the sport. There is a true bond between teammates and it shows when something like that happens. Hartnell felt that he needed to step up after his player was hit and I respect that, good to see guys standing up for one another.

  10. dmacirish - Mar 5, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    any answers on why the door could come open? happened last year and turned out that a player had flipped the latch (buffalo versus flyers). talk about dangerous – nhl had altered the glass by the benches to prevent some of the injuries.

    • emoser - Mar 5, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      During the broadcast they said the refs talked to the Caps bench and were told that it was latched but the force of the impact opened it. Coming from the caps players and staff, of course, but I don’t see any reason to make a controversy of it. I remember the buffalo one with the video showing a player opening it as the check happened… I’m sure if there was any similar video here it would have already been brought to light.

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