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Video: Bolts’ Gudas hammers Iginla, scrap ensues

Oct 3, 2013, 10:58 PM EDT

Jarome Iginla has proven he will never back down from a fight. Thursday was no exception.

The veteran forward, who the Boston Bruins signed as a free agent this summer, fought Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas after Gudas lowered a devastating hit on Iginla in the neutral zone.

Both combatants kept their helmets on – they both wear a visor, as well. The Bruins went on to win the game 3-1.

  1. philly4lyfe - Oct 3, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    are you really going to post an article for every fight now? I think we get it. parros got hurt and its on peoples minds.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 3, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      I agree, only post fights that are between star players, unless it’s a really good bout

      • pxland - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:49 AM

        Why does it matter to you two what they post? Don’t want to see the fight, don’t click. Man, that’s easy.

        I think they should post a video of every fight, maybe the good ones twice….

  2. esracerx46 - Oct 3, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Seeing the video once on my phone it looks like the hit may have been a tad early. I still like the fact that Iginla stood up for himself rather than someone else for him. Ill agree with philly that seeing every fight posted is getting tiresome. Can we see every goal too?

  3. sonofsamiam - Oct 3, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Gudas isn’t too bright. Checking Lucic from behind into the boards at the end of the game? He’s gonna get tuned up when these teams meet again in two weeks.

  4. hosewater2 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    This is the fighting I could do without. Clean hard check and washed up Iginla wants to fight about it.

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:33 AM

      Wait, what? I fail to see where either guy was forced to fight

    • supercoop8 - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      33 points in the short season last year then notched 12 points in 15 games in the playoffs; he is super washed up I’m surprised you even recognized his name.

  5. hockinj25 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Clean hit, no reason to fight but at least it was a good scrap.

  6. peterjohnjoseph - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Iginla was looking for a way to endear himself to the Boston fanbase, and when a situation arose to do just that, and possibly pick the pace of his team up, he took it. The hit was clean, and I honestly believe there would of been little more than a scuffle or chirps after, if anything, had it not been Iginla’s first game at the Garden in front of a Bruin’s fan base that was not too warm to him when he was introduced during the pre-game ceremonies.

    • govtminion - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      My thoughts exactly while I was watching it last night. It’s no different than Patrick Roy’s shenanigans the previous night- this wasn’t a fight, this was a message to the fans. First game in front of a home crowd that had a mixed reaction to you? See if you can get them to change their mind with a big moment, and since goals are a little harder to come by… start a fight. Give the man this, he knows what people want.

  7. anthj99 - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    To me this is one of the many places that fighting has in the game! It was a clean, respectful tilt. Iginla got hit with a clean hit and he knows it, but he was knocked down and I’m sure fans were oo’ing and aw’ing over it so he gave them something to rally around. I’m not sure if it was in this game, but in most instances it’s a great momentum changer, both guys walked away with respect and both teams viewed it as a clean tilt. He instantly won over any fans that had ill feelings toward the guy and I guarantee they’re at least now saying, “yeah, he’s pretty cool”. I wish people would start analyzing fights like this more often rather than whining about how 1 out of 100 fights aren’t safe so we should all cry together and ban it completely. Man up, this is hockey….who are you to start crying and think you can just walk in and change it!

    • joey4id - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:28 AM

      When have you seen a dirty, and disrespectful fight? Yeah! I know fighting has always been part of hockey, but when did punching someone become respectful? It’s not like the the winning team is determined by the number of bouts they win during a game.

  8. bostonstandup - Oct 4, 2013 at 5:56 AM

    It’s just Iginla trying to fit in here I’m Boston. It’s a step in the right direction but we still have some warming up to him to do. Save the fighting for Thornton and Lucic and score us some goals.

    • gallyhatch - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:46 AM

      “A step in the right direction, but we still have some warming up to him to do.”

      Ummmm, what? I’m pretty sure most level headed Bruins fans are psyched he’s here. Last year was last year, he doesn’t have to endear himself to me any more, he signed here and he’s a Bruin.

      Please don’t try to speak for the entire fanbase.

  9. titansbro - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:49 AM

    I didn’t need to see Iginla fight to warm up to him. If you did you’re a moron. Dude is a good player & he’s wearing a Bruins uni, I warmed up to him for those 2 reasons alone. But then again, I wasn’t one of the people pitching a fit when he chose the Pens over the Bs last year. If you’re honest with yourself, then you know that decision made sense at that time. He got his in the end & realized his error. I actually think it had to have been a tough decision to sign here after that debacle. It took guts. He’s a Bruin now, that’s all you should need to see.

  10. rkdjr - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    WTG Jerome and welcome to boston…..a perfect fit and I see why the Bs tried to sign him last year…maybe he thought the contact was early and called gudas out on it….no biggie its part of the game and its Bruins hockey…we’re a hard nose hard hitting hockey team with some great goal tending and top notch goal scorers…..aperfect mix …guess is no stranger to the boss either….he averaged over 4 pim through out his minor league career per game….he was more than willing to oblige iginla…..HATS OFF GENTLEMEN!!!!

  11. LampyB - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Iginla’s perfect for the Bruins!

  12. nhstateline - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    I wasn’t shocked some people booed Iginla during the introductions but I thought they were wrong to do it. All Iginla did last year was exercise an option that he had in a contract as was his right. Nobody should have a problem with it. He thought Pittsburgh had a better shot to win the Cup, was wrong and suffered the consequences of his bad choice. End of story. He’s on the team this year and took a team friendly deal to get here too. Nobody should be booing him about last year. Personally, I’d rather see him put the puck in the net than fight. That’s what the Bruins really could use more of most nights and it’s what their top line players are supposed to do. As for Gudas, that was a dirty move at the end of the game crosschecking Lucic into the boards. Not the kind of thing that players on any team should put up with and the league should fine him for it. That and, well, if Lucic wants to deal with it himself in two weeks he can but I’d rather see him try to put the puck in the net instead of fight too.

  13. amityvillefun - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Iginla will fit in fine in Boston. He can shoot well, score, and fight. What’s not to like?

    He also is a proven leader and has worked very hard to win Boston fans over. I think he is going to be as integral to team as Recchi was. It was fun seeing the Jagr experiment, but Iginla’s play is much more “Bruin.”

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