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Watch McCormick-Glass marathon fight after questionable hit

Feb 17, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT

The Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 victory against the Buffalo Sabres had a little bit of everything. Big goals, big saves, and, of course, a fight.

Veteran enforcers Tanner Glass and Cody McCormick exchanged blows early in the third period while the game was still tied 2-2.

One of the more noteworthy things about this brawl is the sportsmanship Sabres’ McCormick showed. When Glass’ sweater went over his head, McCormick let up mid-fight so that Glass could get out of that vulnerable position before they continued.

You can watch the full fight below:

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It’s also worth noting that McCormick delivered a questionable hit on Penguins forward Brandon Sutter in the second period that Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma took exception to.

“I don’t think he had the puck,” Bylsma said when asked if he thought McCormick’s hit was high, according to Tribune-Review writer Josh Yohe.

You can view that hit below:

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  1. kotteintheslot - Feb 17, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Shoulder to chest. In what world is that hit questionable?

    • steelpenbucs87 - Feb 17, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      Virtually identical to the hit Orpik put on Skinner last year – clean and hard.

      • crosberries - Feb 17, 2013 at 9:10 PM

        I bet bylsma changes his mind after he gets to see it on video

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:52 AM

      Didn’t see anything wrong with the hit…in the article it just said Bylsma didn’t think Sutter had the puck. It was a hell of a hit….probably not something he should have had to answer the bell for, but the game was starting to drag anyway at that point, maybe they just wanted to increase the entertainment value of the game :)

      Class act by McCormick…was obvious that Glass didn’t want to continue either after he did that.

      • jpelle82 - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        yeah gotta give mccormick a tip of the hat, probably the most gentlemanly thing i’ve seen in a while. great hit too, nothing wrong with it

  2. steelpenbucs87 - Feb 17, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Class move by McCormick to not keep swinging when Glass’s jersey was up over his head. Was happy to see that.

    While the fighting aspect of hockey seems barbaric to some, this shows that the guys doing it still have a head on their shoulders and their wits about them

  3. sportsfreak13 - Feb 17, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Sutter actually did play the puck and I didn’t really have a problem with that hit. McCormick is a class act and I really respect how he didn’t pummel glass when his jersey got pulled over his head. Good win for the pens. Time to shift our focus to Philadelphia.

  4. seawurd - Feb 17, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Ott is lucky. He almost got his face pulled off after barking at Fluery when the game was over. Orpik looked like he was going to feed his stick to Ott. Good game, fun Sunday action. Keep your heads up Sabres. GO PENS.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:54 AM

      That did get ugly pretty quick…Ott should have just got out of there – but he didn’t really do anything wrong…just an unspoken rule that if you don’t need to be near our goalie, then get the eff away from the goalie, eh…

  5. flyerguy73 - Feb 17, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Who cares, sabres lost! Lol. I can still hear Ryan Miller crying.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      Easy bud – after that loss, they are tied with the Flyers.

  6. hockinj25 - Feb 17, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    It wasn’t high but Sutter didn’t have the puck.

    • lordfletcher - Feb 17, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      but he played the puck….. that’s all that matters!!!!!!!!!!!

      if McCormick was never in the area, who knows where the play could have led to.

      -wild fan

      • killerpgh - Feb 17, 2013 at 8:02 PM

        What do you mean by he played the puck? He never touched the puck and according to the rule that is what matters. That being said I do t think it was a horribly dirty play or anything like that. Just a missed penalty and those happen all the time.

      • killerpgh - Feb 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM

        Never mind. I don’t think any penalty should have been called of the play.

  7. ironman721 - Feb 17, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    This is hockey not curling. No one should be complaining about that hit. I’m a Pens fan and I even liked it.

  8. nunan - Feb 17, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Ya, if that’s questionable, I don’t know what is clean. It’s more like he was going to hit him and then Sutter lost the puck right before the hit…clean as they come.

  9. kgun80 - Feb 17, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    The Penguins should be the last team talking about missed calls…

  10. spavs412 - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    It was a class move for sure. Glass gave him a tap and said good fight. Nice to see some sportsmanship on a fight.

  11. jpdoc26 - Feb 18, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Rinaldo would have kept hitting him

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