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Video: Bruins, Canes get in three first period fights, including Zdeno Chara vs. Jay Harrison

Apr 13, 2013, 8:37 PM EDT

It’s easy to get annoyed by the old joke “I went to see a fight and then a hockey game broke out,” but the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes tested the limits early on Saturday.

The first period of tonight’s game featured three fights. While Zdeno Chara dropping the gloves would headline almost any card, let’s go ahead and post them in order, so you can really get an idea of the “narrative.”*

First, Shawn Thornton fought Kevin Westgarth about 14 minutes into the opening frame:

A little more than four minutes later, Chara scuffled with Jay Harrison:

(Apparently those two don’t especially like each other. Hockey Fight’s Encyclopedic database shows that they also engaged in some fisticuffs on Oct. 18, 2011.)

Finally, Gregory Campbell danced with Nicolas Blanchard with about 30 seconds left in the period:

It’s believed that some hockey was also played in between those bouts, but we’ll have to do a little more research to confirm those rumblings.

* Using the word “narrative” like you would when describing the plot of just about any Jean Claude Van Damme movie.

  1. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    If you’re an inferior team, this is the best way to give yourself a chance to beat the Bruins. Boston is generally a smart team and is also great defensively, but if you fight and hit them early they tend to get distracted and want to turn the game into a boxing match.

    Of course, it’s not exactly foolproof as Boston has a phenomenal penalty kill and getting into a highly physical match with them takes a lot of balls. But I’ve seen a handful of teams pull it off, with Buffalo being a prime example.

    • jaguar0413 - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      Capitals did that last year to them in the playoff series. They didn’t fight, but they hit and blocked shots by the boatload, frustrating the Bruins in the process. In a couple of the games, Ovechkin sacrificed offensive production in order to hit and be physical with both Seidenberg and Chara. It paid huge dividends in games 5-7.

    • nunan - Apr 14, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      Disagree…this is the Bs bread and butter. Piss them off and they seem to play better. The SCF against the Canucks was a great example. There are times where they do get distracted by it but most of the time, they react with more emotion, which is what their game is all about. Usually, when they fight, they win games.

  2. 8man - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    I’m not sure the Canes or any team is inferior to the Bruins right now. The Bs don’t have enough to beat anyone. The pundits said that Jagr wasn’t enough to get them over the top. Ironically, he may be the only thing keeping them close.

    Two nights in a row the Bs have been outplayed at every level by a team with a lesser record.

  3. aklolzer - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Worst announcers in the league 1-4

    Boston
    Detroit
    Buffalo
    Pittsburgh

    • jaguar0413 - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      Jack Edwards requires his own special category. He takes the homer angle to almighty heights.

      • 19to77 - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:12 AM

        No kidding. Could he make Chara’s flailing draw sound any more like a one-sided beatdown? Like, he just sat there silent for ten seconds while Harrison controlled, waiting for Chara’s first punch before he started bellowing about how great the – hang on, let me get it right – the “BAWSTEN CAPTAIN” was faring.

        What a tool.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        19to77 you could not be more right ! First off whenever a Bruin drops his gloves they go into this spalding guide boxing stance it looks real good but never really affects the fight ! If you just listen to the announcer on Chara’s fight without video you might of though it was the most lopsided fight ever to take place in the NHL ! It was a draw at best for Chara if I was scoring I would actually give it to Harrison by a nose hair !

  4. cspsrbums - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Boston is a bunch of thugs

  5. ragingyinzer - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    God, Jack Edwards is unbearable.

  6. chanceoffleury1 - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Godspeed Jay Harrisson. He is a brave, brave man.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:56 PM

      *Harrison. Sorry, not a regular watcher of the Canes.

  7. letsgopens8771 - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Thornton vs. Westgarth is a draw in my opinion. Great move by Campbell stepping up for his teammate. Takes guts and he did it, even though he lost that one. And the Bruins commentator was right when he said, “don’t poke the bear.” Anyone who tries to fight Chara, good luck. Harrison, sorry bro, but you lost that one bad. I pity the fool who tries to step to big Z.

  8. onearmdragon - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    In a rush to write the Bruins off?

    Hilarious!

    See you in the playoffs :)

  9. titansbro - Apr 14, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    I thought Chara lost barely but mostly because he wasn’t expecting a fight & was surprised to find himself in one fighting to regain his balance for the first 10 seconds. Once he did it was clear who the better fighter is. I actually think Lucic is the best Bruin fighter anyway.

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