May 12, 2012, 1:30 PM EST
For those looking for some afternoon reading as we await Game 7 at Madison Square Garden, we recommend Allan Maki’s look back at the Flyers-Canadiens pre-game brawl on May 14, 1987, that will celebrate (congratulations?) its 25th anniversary on Monday.
The infamous brawl was sparked by none other than Montreal’s Claude Lemieux, though not because he did anything particularly egregious – he simply kept shooting the puck into Philadelphia’s net at the end of the pre-game warm-up.
The incident also led the NHL to implement an automatic 10-game suspension for any player leaving the bench to fight.
We’ll let Maki tell the rest of the tale.
Or you can just watch it for yourself:
- Report: Isles coach Capuano not seen as problem 1
- Rivalry Night on NBCSN: Flyers challenge top-ranked Blackhawks 7
- Update: Ryan Callahan out 4-6 weeks with MCL sprain 9
- Ovechkin wills Caps to stunning shootout win vs. Bolts 60
- Bettman: No decision on expansion, but they’re listening 13
- Neal admits kneeing Marchand was ‘not the smartest decision’ 77
- Leafs captain Phaneuf suspended two games for boarding 37
- Rangers confirm Staal suffered concussion 8
- Winnipeg to get outdoor game; Phoenix wants one 33
- Neal suspended five games for kneeing Marchand in the head 156
- Video: Penguins’ Orpik stretchered off ice; Bruins’ Thornton given match penalty (182)
- Neal suspended five games for kneeing Marchand in the head (156)
- Bruins coach admits Thornton crossed the line, slams Pens for not being ‘truthful’ (137)
- Pens put Orpik on IR (132)
- Orpik suffers from concussion, including memory loss (118)