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Video: Flyers’ Schenn and Leafs’ Lupul drop the gloves

Oct 2, 2013, 10:12 PM EDT

With the debate about whether fighting belongs in hockey raging right now, it appears players aren’t at all reserved about dropping the gloves.

Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul dropped the gloves in the first period of Wednesday’s game.

Schenn took exception to a hit Lupul threw on Flyers’ captain Claude Giroux, and the two adversaries engaged in a brief scrap as the puck appeared to be heading back up ice.

Already a polarizing topic in the sport, there has been, over these last 24 hours or so, widespread debate about fighting’s place in hockey.

Arguments and opinions from both sides have been flowing constantly since Montreal Canadiens enforcer George Parros was hospitalized following a fight with Maple Leafs tough guy Colton Orr last night.

Parros banged his head on the ice as he fell, and had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher.

Parros suffered a concussion, although it was reported he did not suffer any fractures and a CT scan was negative.

Arguments have ranged from eliminating the designated fighters from the game, and that a scrap initiated organically through the emotional events of a shift or a play or a game is acceptable.

On Wednesday, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman called for game misconducts to those who fight.

  1. sabatimus - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    The anti-fighting contingent clearly doesn’t understand the sport.

    • hockey412 - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      Not to interject with a voice of reason (I know that’s frowned upon), and honestly I love the fighting….but many in the anti-fighting contingent are GM’s, ex-players, etc….I’m thinking they DO understand the sport.

      Something to consider. The use of “enforcers” is relatively new. Back in the “good old days” of hockey, there was a lot of fighting – but those guys could play, too. Many of the fighting injuries from fighting are because teams have chosen for non-hockey playing goons to go out and do the fighting. Why? If there is nothing wrong with it, why hire a goon to do it, that can’t play hockey in the first place?

      You clearly love watching hockey, as do we all – but honestly – do you love watching John Scott play hockey? Do you love watching Steve MacIntyre play hockey?

      I’m all for fighting, even if they want to administer stiffer penalties (game misconduct, whatever). Let Schenn adn Lupul go at it. I’m also all for getting the goons out of the game.

      • sunderlanding - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:42 PM

        There are some ex-players and GMs that want fighting gone, but most of them don’t.

      • hockey412 - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        I don’t want it gone either. But to discredit those that do by saying they know nothing about the game is just slinging poo. There are merits to the arguments that penalties should be stiffer and/or goons should be phased out. Fighting will never go away – hell even baseball players fight.

      • sunderlanding - Oct 3, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        I didn’t say he knew nothing about the game, just that his logic was off. Which it was. If you’re going to come up with a point on why it should go at least think it through.

      • hockey412 - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:15 AM

        I realize you didn’t say it. The original comment said it. That is what I was responding to, and that is what you interjected into.

    • jeffchadwick - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      While I don’t agree that fighting should be eliminated from hockey, it’s pretty difficult to argue that Steve Yzerman, for instance, doesn’t know the sport.

    • imleftcoast - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      Saw this yesterday, and thought it was interesting. Andy Roddick, Donovan McNabb and Gabe Kaplan talking about hockey fighting. They were all totally agreed that hockey is doing it right. I was really surprised.

  2. stakex - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    The players like the fighting, and want it to stay…. so I fail to see why its a story that a fight happened tonight.

  3. hockeyflow33 - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Dear lord, noooooo. This is the worst thing in all of sport. Don’t you know that no one watches or participates in boxing or mma?

  4. mattyo99 - Oct 3, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Fighting is part of hockey. So what about checking, if a player gets hurt they’ll try and end hitting next?

  5. girouxed - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    Only a silly nanny-state communist would say that fighting doesn’t belong in hockey.

  6. hockey412 - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Fighting and hockey argument aside…what was there about the hit that Schenn took exception to? Was there something wrong with it or did Schenn just think the the best way to win the game was to have himself taken off the ice for 5 minutes?

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