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Isles’ Gallant, Devils’ Barch find a way around fighting without helmets penalty

Sep 19, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

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The NHL has its heart in the right place by trying to force players to keep their helmets on during fights, but as Puck Daddy points out, it looks like enforcers found a way around such inconveniences.

During Thursday’s preseason game, New York Islanders enforcer Brett Gallant and New Jersey Devils tough guy Krys Barch fought three times, but that wasn’t the biggest deal. Instead, the most interesting part was that the two fighters took each others’ helmets off, exposing a loophole in Rule 46.6., which hands out a two-minute misconduct if a player removes his own lid before a squabble.

It’s likely that the league will close that up soon enough, but the interesting question may be: how long will it take? (Not to mention the risks involved if both fighters aren’t in on the “deal.”)

Anyway, as a reward for all of that tedious reading, here’s the Gallant-Barch trilogy from Thursday:

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

If you need to kill some time, count the punches thrown and landed by each side.

  1. jwalsh217 - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    that’s just the ultimate screw you to bettman

  2. stakex - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Might want to proof read your headline…….

  3. gmenfan1982 - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Isles’ Gallant, Devils’ Barch. They both received game misconducts on the 3rd fight correct?

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      Yes. Three fights in a game is an automatic misconduct.

  4. gmenfan1982 - Sep 19, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Alright, title fixed.

  5. mp1131211 - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    God, that’s so nice without announcers….

  6. caniac4ever - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Man, all of these new rules are ridiculous! What if a player has his jersey tucked in, gets challenged, drops his helmet, proceeds to stick up for his teammate(s) and the ref says, “Automatic 2 year ban from the league!!!” Wtf man, this is freakin hockey!!!!

  7. 950003cups - Sep 20, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    That was hysterical!! They were just about to start brawling, and Barch tells him to remove his helmet, and he will remove his in return. Most people knew what was happening and all you heard was laughter. They made a mockery of that stupid rule. LOL!!!

  8. broadstreetsbaddest88 - Sep 20, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    That was awesome. I hope they don’t fix that cause that’ll make for some interesting fights this year.

  9. sabatimus - Sep 20, 2013 at 5:20 AM

    How this wasn’t written into the rule to begin with I have no idea whatsoever. But the rule shouldn’t even exist. What’s the purpose? So that players don’t bash their heads on the ice if they fall? I’m betting we see a rise in sprained or broken fingers instead.

  10. ntvd7 - Sep 20, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Stupid rule anyways…

    This rule and the tucked in jersey have to go

  11. ibieiniid - Sep 20, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    I love everything about this: cooperation between two guys about to try to bash each others’ faces. 3 good, classic hockey fights. F you, Bettman. and the fact that there’s some hockey being played between those fights. I’m ready for the regular season.

    • ibieiniid - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      I hate when you read your own comment and realize you’d criticize the English, had it not been you that typed it.

  12. avfanforlife - Sep 20, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Every time you think you’ve seen it all… Hilarious!

  13. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 20, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Some of these new rules are so dumb.

    The thing that worries me is they seem like step 1 in adding advertisements to the helmets and sweaters. NHL could look like European leagues in a decade or so.

  14. northstarnic - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    What’s great about this rule is that, as players are required to wear visors and not allowed to remove helmets to fight, fighting will become much less practical. The circus sideshow of goons who can barely skate getting ice time just to pulpify each others’ faces will become less and less common. And that, my friends, is good for hockey.

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