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Avs rip Stewart after Sarich scrap, celebration

Nov 15, 2013, 12:42 AM EDT

The Colorado Avalanche were in a sour mood following Thursday’s 7-3 blowout loss to St. Louis — but the hard feelings weren’t just about the scoreline.

The Avs took exception to a second-period tilt between Chris Stewart and Cory Sarich, in which the St. Louis forward scored a comprehensive victory:

The post-fight celebration irked a number of Colorado players, as did Stewart’s choice in dance partners. Colorado had a pair of tough guys in the lineup on Thursday — Cody McLeod and Patrick Bordeleau, who’ve combined for seven of the team’s 13 fights this season — though Sarich is no stranger to the scrap game, having already dropped the gloves twice this season.

Regardless, the Avs were choked.

“There is no brains,” defenseman Jan Hejaa said about Stewart, as per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It’s just a guy who fights his whole life.”

“It’s a little gutless by him,” added goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere. “But it’s an emotional game and these things will happen.”

(Making this all the more interesting is that Stewart was drafted by Colorado, spent his first two-and-a-half seasons with the Avs and was teammates with a number of current players.)

The testy contest featured two other fights — Matt Duchene going with Vladimir Sobotka, Ryan Reaves dropping ’em with McLeod — and the two teams combined for 80 penalty minutes.

UPDATE: For a little more context on the scrap and aftermath, here’s Adrian Dater of the Denver Post

The game got very rough in the second, starting with a big Patrick Bordeleau hit on Blues defender Ian Cole in a 4-1 game. A few seconds later, Stewart dropped the gloves with 35-year-old Avs defenseman Cory Sarich. Stewart won the fight, and then raised his arms to the crowd like a WWE wrestler.

Later, Bordeleau was given a 10-minute misconduct penalty simply for lining up next to Stewart for what would have been a probable fight.

  1. sjsharks66 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    I am not a fan of Stewart and the celebration while having such a big lead was tasteless. Just my opinion of course.

    • upper90cheese - Nov 15, 2013 at 8:00 AM

      “Later, Bordeleau was given a 10-minute misconduct penalty simply for lining up next to Stewart for what would have been a probable fight.”

      Hopefully the officials responsible for the Bordeleau misconduct will be held accountable for manufacturing a reason to prevent a fair fight.

      • imleftcoast - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        That last bit is the part I have a problem with. The officials need to do better than letting the game get out of hand and then trying to redeem themselves with a 10-minute misconduct for lining up for a faceoff. That’s bush league.

  2. muckleflugga - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    mungo want bananaaaa…

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Nov 15, 2013 at 5:43 AM


      • ibieiniid - Nov 15, 2013 at 8:08 AM

        ya, I think he meant what you think he meant. tasteless.

    • skr213 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      Seems like whenever I see a stupid comment on here these days, it’s muckleflugga. Granted, he probably enjoys hearing that. Hey, muckleflugga, congrats you’re the Sean Avery of PHT.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        lmao. I was thinking Tortorella (Rangers edition), but yeah, I guess Avery applies too.

      • skr213 - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:42 PM

        Nah, Torts would be giving him waaaaay too much credit!!

  3. 19to77 - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    He’s always been a showboater. Guess when you don’t show up to half the games in a season you have to work the crowd for the ones that you do. Stewart’s got a decent bit of talent, but he’s mostly ego and has flip-a-coin work ethic.

  4. tn16 - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Am I the only 1 that loves this he’s up 4-1 u thinks he looking for a fight be accepted, also the celebration pumping the home crowed up, who cares it’s a NHL 14 goto celebration after a fight ( looked like one sided video game fight 2 )

  5. jmillmac - Nov 15, 2013 at 5:23 AM

    I’m sorry, you know what’s “gutless?” Knee-on-knee fly-bys, which Sarich almost nailed Stewart on seconds before the embedded clip begins.

    I can do without the celebration (though I don’t have a problem with it either), but perhaps Giggy needs to reassess his use of “gutless.”

  6. alicesrightfootesq - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    “Later, Bordeleau was given a 10-minute misconduct penalty simply for lining up next to Stewart for what would have been a probable fight.”

    I’m not a fan of fighting but that’s just ridiculous.

    • hockey412 - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:48 AM

      That is the only thing that bothered me about any of this…wow I’d love to hear the explanation on that one.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 15, 2013 at 8:10 AM

        I thought we were all for getting staged fights out of the game.

      • 950003cups - Nov 15, 2013 at 8:53 AM

        Staged fights, yes. Not retaliatory fights. The fights we call staged are usually during an uneventful game for no benefit except getting PIMs on their stats.

      • ibieiniid - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        retaliatory for what? for getting in a separate fight? that’s staged, friend. you line up your tough guy next to another tough guy who just finished a fight, and you’re setting them up to fight. I see no other way to prevent it happening than to send those guys to the box as soon as you notice what’s going on. I like that move, tbh.

      • hockey412 - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        I understand that point too – but the way I am looking at that is, let’s say Stewart didn’t just get in a fight. Let’s say he ran the goalie, concussed him, nothing called, yada yada. Now they line their tough guy up with him to “enforce”. Stewart has the ability to deny the fight, obviously. This case is a little different, because it was another fight, but kicking tougher guys out of the game just for lining up is a little crazy. I don’t like the staged fights for no reason, but to me this isn’t staged, they had a real problem with Stewart. I don’t agree with their problem, nor do I agree with Stewart’s reaction to the fight, nor do I ever agree with trying to get a player to fight twice in one game. But I can’t see kicking a player out before the puck drops.

      • pxland - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        @Ib- Retaliatory for the fact that Stewart continued to punch Sarich after he was down and after the refs stepped in AND Sarich was injured.

        The unwritten rulebook says you let up when it is time to let up. Stewart didn’t and Sarich got hurt.

        The TWO 10 minute misconduct penalties on Bordeleau are a complete mystery. And Stewart spent the rest of the game running from McLeod.

  7. paperlions - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    The Avs need to learn how to accept losing. They were getting their asses kicked in the 2nd and they responded poorly, instead of trying to get back in the game, they were taking cheap shots and inviting fights. They got their asses kicked badly in all 3 fights and on the score board. I am all for playing with an attitude, but taking cheap shots because the other team is beating you is pathetic…and then whining about it after you lose all of the fights you picked is even worse.

    • 950003cups - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      That’s all part of the learning process. They’re a young team with a coach who sent his own son to beat down another goaltender who didn’t wanna fight, and then cried rape when Patrice Cormier pulled a cheap elbow on his team and actually asked for a police investigation!

      You want this team to know right from wrong? No chance. Roy’s a silly man.

    • pxland - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      Please detail these “cheap shots”, because I didn’t see them.

      They certainly did get their asses kicked in the fights though.

      • paperlions - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        You didn’t see the attempted knee-to-knee take out by the Av player who stretched his leg out to try to upend Stewart….which is what led to the fight? Or the guy whose ass Sobotka kicked turning to cross check him after Sobotka missed him with a check?

  8. mhazz84 - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    McLeod got his later and took a better beating than Sarich. What did Giggy have to say about the 5 goals he let up? Hopefully Varlamov took notes from Stewart, Sobotka, and Reaves on how to beat down men last night, he’s going to need to know how in prison.

  9. blues1988 - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:54 AM

  10. 950003cups - Nov 15, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Best (or most incencitive) fight celebration had to be Aaron Asham.

    • ibieiniid - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      ya but you forget what he said about it afterwards. he felt bad. he didn’t know Beagle was hurt when he celebrated, and it wasn’t quite as boisterous as this Stewart one. I’m more of a Caps fan than an Asham fan, but I had to take his side there. I think he genuinely felt bad about it.

      • 950003cups - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        He definitely felt silly over it. But it sure was sweet. I think he got that from UFC. They do that a lot.

  11. numbr4stuna - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    you people bashing Stewart are morons. He fought Sarich because the kid stuck his knee out at Stewart and hit him while Stewart didn’t have the puck. They both jawed at each other and threw their mitts down at the same time. Stewart got the best of Sarich as he was the only one that landed a punch and he was pumping up the crowd at the end. Stewart wasn’t seeking Sarich out, it was the unnecessary knee that pissed him off.

    • ibieiniid - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      you people who call names for other people’s opinions are……

      for the record, I’m on your side, but I stopped reading at “morons.” only children can’t have legit debates/arguments without making it personal.

    • 950003cups - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      I’m with you numbr4stuna, are you a Scott Stevens fan? If so, that’s a great name. If not you’re a moron.

  12. hosewater2 - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    C’mon NHL, please at least fine Stewart for unsportsmanlike conduct. I don’t want this league to turn into the NFL where every little play is celebrated. One of the things I love about the NHL is the seeming culture of humility, something long gone in the NFL and NBA.

    Everyone understands it’s an emotional game, which is why there’s fighting in the first place. Chris Stewart, act like you’ve done this all before. Never won a fight before kid?

  13. jeesay101 - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    The Avs did not respond appropriately. They honestly looked like they were throwing a temper tantrum. I can understand a fight to try and get things going for your team. But to continue to press the issue, was not smart hockey. Had they just picked up the play in there own zone and worked harder, they still had a shot at this game…a very small shot, but there was still potential for them to at least not look like punks. Duchene fighting is ridiculous. It was out of frustration and that’s it. Mcleoud fighting Reaves wasn’t real bright either, given the size differential. I think Bordeleau, given the misconduct, potentially stopped and all out brawl. I don’t like it, but I do understand where the officials would be coming from.

  14. raiderssuckballz - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Stewart told the Ref’s he was scared of Bordeleau!!

    • avscup - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      Reeves avoided Bordy also. St. Luis deserved the win but there is a beating coming soon.

  15. stevedurbano - Nov 15, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Showboating, no class and no guts?

    You’re up 6-1 and Roy gets in a plexiglass pushing contest with the Ducks coach? Now that’s real class.

  16. jhaegs - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Avs fans are cracking me up here. What do you expect to happen when your team is down so much, and they start taking runs at our players? How about the boarding on Backes that didn’t get called? The boarding on Sobotka that got called? The attempted knee on knee by Sarich? McLeod was chirping at Reaves before the puck dropped- who’s fault is that? Duchene wanted to fight Sobotka (big mistake). They tried to get physical, and it didn’t work.

    Avs were embarrassed by the Blues, and the players are just looking for something to cry about. Seeing as they can’t complain about the Blues’ scoring, defense, hitting, fighting, and effort.

    Chris was jacked because he got to show up the team that traded him away- thanks for Shatty and Stewart, by the way…

    I’ve never seen Reaves or Stew turn down a fight or act “scared”, so give it a rest. I guess Roy is teaching his team how to be loudmouths along with other things.

  17. jhaegs - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    By the way, PLEASE show me when Stewart punch Sarich when he was on the ground! Are people honestly that blinded by their homer glasses??? Did you watch the game in some weird, parallel dimension? I’m dumbfounded by that comment…

  18. jhaegs - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    Bordeleau asked to be tossed so he could go cry and rub his ribs on the bench some more.

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