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Sens’ Dziurzynski ‘doing much better’ after getting KOed

Mar 7, 2013, 2:29 PM EDT

Some good news out of Ottawa on Thursday — Senators forward David Dziurzynski is reportedly feeling better after getting knocked out and suffering a concussion during a fight with Toronto’s Frazer McLaren on Wednesday night.

Just 26 seconds into last night’s Battle of Ontario, Dziurzynski fought McLaren in what was the Ottawa rookie’s first-ever NHL fight:

McLaren tried to explain his rationale for the scrap after the game.

“We had a flat start last game. I was just trying to get us going early,” McLaren told the Globe and Mail. “I asked [Dziurzynski if he wanted to fight] and actually he said no and so I didn’t think we were going to go and then he ended up dropping his stuff when the puck dropped.

“He’s a big guy and he actually gave me a few good ones early there. It was a lucky punch. It happens sometimes.”

Dziurzynski left the contest following the game and didn’t return.

  1. dallasstars9 - Mar 7, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Lucky punch? Still has to be embarrassing to have to helped off the ice after taking one to the face.

    • ibieiniid - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      McLaren said that buddy

  2. mrpigs - Mar 7, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Nothing embarrassing about it, it’s a fight between professional hockey players! Isn’t like the guy got the lights turned out by a beer leaguer. Wish my rangers had a guy that could fight, Haley might be the answer tonight vs the fish sticks

  3. withseidelinn - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Couldn’t agree more with Bruce Garrioch’s tweet

  4. h0ckeycoach - Mar 7, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Don’t you folks think it is time for the NHL to step up and start looking at; a) mandatory visors for all players coming into the league (use the same rule that made wearing helmets mandatory b) kill the hockey fights

    A blow to the head is a blow to the head regardless whether it is administered with a stick, elbow, shoulder or fist. All have the potential to inflict serious injury. STOP!

  5. thehighcountrybear - Mar 7, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Tough way to be introduced to the pugilistic arts in the Show…? Dziurzynski was holding his own, and even scored twice himself before being teed-up for McLaren’s right…he’ll learn to pull his opponent in real tight before lifting his head again, that’s for damn sure! Never let your opponent get his hands free for an unfettered round-house. I’m not sure what’s worse, getting smoked in front 20 million people or having all those little yellow tweety birds circling your head on the way out of the ring, errrr rink? Big balls all the same, respect!

  6. tatdue - Mar 7, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    h0ckeycoach (I can’t believe you use that handle) – You should stick to woman’s hockey or pee-wee maybe, and if you find that to rough then there’s always bowling! I can’t stand when people try to instill their beliefs on things they have no business with. It’s a dangerous sport, if you can’t handle it watch something else! Now get back to your knitting and leave this site for real hockey fans!!!! GO!

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