May 12, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT
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:
- Bruins sign three — Hayes, Connolly, and DeFazio 10
- Babcock expects Kadri to be ‘an elite player’ 14
- No expansion bid expected from Kansas City 32
- Leafs sign Matthias — one year, $2.3 million 17
- Report: Kopitar, Kings in ‘early stages of negotiations’ for extension 12
- Arbitration filed: Holtby, Nyquist & Stepan highlight list released by NHLPA 13
- Report: Plotnikov paid $500K to get out of KHL contract 14
- Philadelphia signs ’15 first rounder Provorov 12
- Brandon Saad brings championship experience to Blue Jackets 22
- Sharks sign Joel Ward to three-year deal 25