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Video: Kopecky gets in punch-up with his neighbor, Vokoun

Feb 27, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

Pretty amusing scene in Florida last night during the Panthers’ 6-4 win over Pittsburgh — early in the second period, Florida forward Tomas Kopecky scored his second of three goals on the night, setting off this melee with Pens goalie Tomas Vokoun:

Both got roughing penalties on the play (Kopecky actually got a double-minor) and Vokoun was yanked about five minutes later.

It made for a wild sequence of events, one the pair can discuss over lemonade some time.

Wait, what?

To explain, here’s George Richards of the Miami Herald:

Soon after Kopecky scored his second goal, Vokoun took offense to his skating partner — and west Broward neighbor — from the lockout days in Pompano Beach making contact in front of the net.

With Kopecky on the ice, Vokoun threw a few punches. The scrum moved to the corner where Vokoun again tossed some jabs. Florida, up 2-1 at the time, had to go on the penalty kill as Kopecky was given two minor penalties to Vokoun’s one.

Brooks Orpik crashed into me from behind, and I lost my balance. I bumped into him,” Kopecky said. “Then all I see is his big blocker [glove] coming at me. Obviously, I’ll take punches and pay the price, but not cheap shots. I kept pushing him.

“He’s my neighbor, I’ve gotten to know he his family pretty good. But he didn’t hold back. I’m not going to either.”

There appears to be no truth to the rumor that, following the game, Kopecky took his dog for a walk in Vokoun’s yard.

Update: Richards reports the two exchanged text messages last night, and all is well.

  1. r8rbhawk - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    The whole dust-up occurred because Craig Adams crosschecked Kopecky and sent him into Vokoun after Kopecky had scored. So Kopecky scores, gets crosschecked in the back, gets a blocker in the head, and then is rewarded with two 2:00 roughing penalties, resulting in a Pens PP. Pretty eventful 20 seconds of hockey.

  2. thehighcountrybear - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    In fact, he took all four of his dogs for a walk in Vokuon’s yard; three Saint Bernards and a Newfoundland, the latter of which has had the galloping trots for the better part of a week. What’s with Tomas and his choice of lefties…one would have thought the Francois Beauchemin experiment would have been plenty, but nooooo?

  3. sjsblitz - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    Pittsburgh, dey mad

  4. pensfan603 - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    The announcer was being such a homer the panthers players werent even trying to do anything, if i remember correctly this had to do with something kopecky did earlier in the game mainly but what the hell, they dont need to get vokoun involved the panthers players arent even fighting they are just getting punched in the face for no reason.

    • r8rbhawk - Feb 27, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      Funny thing, I rewatched this on both the home and away broadcasts, the Panthers announcers were being just as big of homers as the Pens announcers. They were complaining about Adams not getting a penalty for the crosscheck and the Kopecky got a double-minor. In regards to the Pens announcer’s concerns, look who you have on the ice, even if you are “outnumbered” the Pens had Tanner Glass, Craig Adams, and Matt Cooke all on the ice, those three are more likely to drop the gloves than any of the 5 Panthers.

  5. cavafox - Feb 27, 2013 at 11:14 PM


    Orpik couldn’t have cross checked kopecky, he was in the box. It was Adams

    Second, the players on the ice were Adams, Letang and Glass. Cooke was also in the box.

    Bad facts all over the place.

    • r8rbhawk - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      The Panthers were on a 5-3 PP but Cooke’s penalty had just expired as Kopecky scored, which is why Cooke was on the ice.

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