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Hold me back: Fleury, Budaj almost fight in Pens win

Jan 22, 2014, 10:04 PM EDT

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ 5-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens was all about goalies … and not just Carey Price getting pulled. A scuffle late in the third nearly opened the door for fight between Marc-Andre Fleury and Peter Budaj.

Oddly enough, you may agree that a near-goalie fight (and all the histrionics involved) is actually almost as entertaining as the fisticuffs themselves:

During the second intermission of the Detroit Red Wings – Chicago Blackhawks Rivalry Night Match on NBCSN, Mike Milbury critiqued it as the “politically correct” move, especially in light of the Braden HoltbyRay Emery fight.

Of course, one cannot discuss Penguins goalie fights (and one-sided ones) without calling back to Brent Johnson vs. Rick DiPietro:

While the thwarted fight upset many, chances are the Canadiens and especially the Penguins are probably pretty happy that they avoided an injury to a netminder.

  1. elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Why I AWWWWWDA ! He wanted to fight about as much as crosby was holding prust back a bunch of punks Emery da man !

    • sabatimus - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      I think there’s English in there….nope, I was wrong.

    • cofran2004 - Jan 23, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      Uh, what?

  2. penguins87and71 - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    I think what bothered me the most was when one of the Montreal Canadiens players punched Orpik in the jaw. Also Budaji kind of taunted Fleury to come over and fight.

    • charlieconway96 - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      Thats typically how most goalie fights start…

  3. sjsharks66 - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Thanks a lot Emery… This is why we as hockey fans can’t have nice things!

  4. killerpgh - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    This would have been nothing like Emery/Holby. Refs should have stepped in there. No reason to step in here. This was 2 willing NHL players wanting to fight. Refs/linesman should have let it happen.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:45 AM

      Total double standard I know

  5. stakex - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    What happened with Emery was wrong. He was beating an unwilling player while the ref sat there watching. Things like that shouldn’t happen in the NHL. However, this was NOTHING like what happened with Emery. Both goalies were more then willing to go, so the refs should have let them. Its all about entertainment, and if both parties are ready and willing…. let it go down. As anyone with ears can tell, the crowd was none to happy with the refs.

    • joey4id - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      So, do you think Sestito should have gotten suspended for pounding Nolan and Jackman? Two unwilling players.

      • sabatimus - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:29 AM


    • nj666 - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      we can thank emery for the league to try its hardest to keep goalie fights out of the game…

  6. penguins87and71 - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Not sure Fleury fighting is the best thing for the Penguins. A lot of bad could have came from Fleury getting into a fight with Budaj.

    • flyerspsu - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      especially since Budaj trains in martial arts, Fleury said afterward he didnt know about that and was glad the refs interfered then

  7. penguins87and71 - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    I’m getting sick of PK Subban. He always makes cheap shots against the Penguins players. For example he slashed Malkin 3 times in a row and then he punched Jokinen on the back while he was laying on the ice.

    • dropthepuckeh - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      Oh the irony in a Pens fan calling out Subban for cheap shots. Watch tape of anytime Letang gets hit, cleanly. His reaction is to slash whoever dared to touch him. Malkin? You should be happy someone wakes him up from time to time, he seems to play better when he is awake.

      • hockey412 - Jan 23, 2014 at 8:13 AM

        Letang’s a lot like Boychuk and McQuaid from Boston in that regard. Only those two just punch to the back of the head when the other player isn’t expecting it. I suppose it’s all part of hockey, but I agree with both of you that it is dirty.

    • sabatimus - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:30 AM

      Did Subban high-stick himself with an opponent’s stick? If not, his work isn’t done. I was glad to see that he had a glorious -3 on the night.

    • c9castine - Jan 23, 2014 at 2:40 AM

      wake him up? your ridiculous. every time i watch subban play against all teams he gets more stick and obstruction penalties than i can count. he’s a good damn defenseman but he is a liability like that.

    • rrsm53 - Jan 23, 2014 at 7:24 AM

      we all know that the Penguins dont ever do cheap shots, Malkin and Crosby are two of the biggest at cheap shots so stop your whining. Subban is a punk but sometimes what goes around comes around.

    • kastout11 - Jan 23, 2014 at 7:55 AM

      Subban is a tough player. He does not just reserve that kind of play when he is against the Pens. He does that in every game he plays. I don’t think he is dirty, just a hard-nosed player. I strongly dislike the Pens, check that, most fair weather Pens fans.

    • laxman1944 - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      Oh Please……….enough HYPOCRISY

      Neal is a freaking head hunter and Malkin is no better

      Just deal with it

    • Moop - Jan 23, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      Guys like PK Subban are the exact reason why you see so many fights or attempted fights after hard hits in hockey, whether they be clean or dirty. Subban plays the game hard and hits hard but when confronted he almost never drops the gloves, and I don’t like that in hockey.

  8. basedrum777 - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    MAF looks like a nice guy but I think he would’ve put a beating on Budaj. I will say however that Budaj looks like Mel Gibson from Lethal weapon 1 with that haircut…

    • flyerspsu - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      Well considering Budaj does martial arts and Fluery is a twig and just flat out doesnt seem like a guy who can fight, im curious as to what could possibly make you believe MAF would have laid a beating on him?

      • buysamadrink - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:00 PM

        Martial arts? How’s that going to help? Is he going to assume the crane pose Karate Kid style?

      • sabatimus - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:35 AM

        buysamadrink, ever see Donald Brashear fight? The shadow boxing? One of the most devastating fighters I’ve seen.

      • flyerspsu - Jan 23, 2014 at 2:13 AM

        martial arts would definitely still help, its not like its just wrestling and stuff like jiu jitsu, you learn how properly throw punches, dodge punches, overall how to fight in every aspect

        that absolutely would give him the big advantage when fighting someone as inexperienced as Fleury

      • buysamadrink - Jan 23, 2014 at 6:00 AM

        I was just being a smart ***. I can actually see how that would help. And yes, saw Brashear fight many times. The fact that he was 6′ 3″ and 250 didn’t hurt either.

  9. sjsharks66 - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    “Mike Milbury critiqued it as the “politically correct” move” shall we take a look at his politically correct moves over the years?

    • charlieconway96 - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:35 PM

      Yes, lets. I believe this would be a good place to start.

  10. hardkor07mn - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    This was the dumbest thing I’ve seen in a long time. Fluery was more worried about his hair than fighting. Keep the cage on boys and protect what little you have left.

  11. benrob99 - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    At first I was upset they kept them separated. But, looking back on it after the fact I think it was very smart. This wasn’t a “heat of the battle” thing +at least not for the goalies. MAF was over chuckling with the ref when Carey Price’s caddy (don’t know and don’t care what Mon. backup goalie is named) started taunting him. Even after MAF started skating towards him he was still smiling. It’s not wise to risk potential injury just for the sake of cheap theatrics.

  12. flyerspsu - Jan 22, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    id be willing to bet money that after the Emery incident Bettman made it clear to the refs to do everything they can to stop goalies from fighting

    the thing is the Emery incident was COMPLETELY DIFFERENT! He wailed on an unwilling player, that has always been not allowed, if 2 guys want to square off let them be, that was the case here which has always been allowed

  13. hockeyfan1701 - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Hey dropthepuckeh, still waiting for an intelligent comment. Is it not past your bed time? Hurry before Mom catches you on the computer.

    • sabatimus - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:33 AM

      Ok let’s make a list: We have 1) past your bed time, and 2) Mom (parents’ house comment). What, no basement or 8-year-old shots? If you’re going to insult someone, at least TRY to be original.

  14. puckyouall - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    I remember the time the Ray Tardo fought Ivan Yakinoff in a KHL game. It was brutal.

  15. topshelf37 - Jan 23, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Isn’t it considered a minor penalty when the tie-down is intentionally removed? I saw the rule book states they cannot be removed but there was no defined penalty. If this jersey comes off and the tie down is disconnected it’s a misconduct penalty, but looks like something should be done if the tie down is intentionally removed. Personally, I think Fleury is a moron and just would have found it hilarious if he got a penalty for that.

  16. penguins87and71 - Jan 23, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    So purposely stomping on Jordan Staal’s foot 4 years ago in the Playoffs is a hard nosed hockey play? I would categorize that as a dirty play. Even his head coach is tired of his antics, in fact his own coach can’t even stand him.

  17. 7mantel - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Fluery skates to the boards hoping one of the officials steps in or he would skate straight forward to Budja !

    • lionstigersandwingsohmy - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      That’s what I saw too.

  18. nj666 - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    If ray emery weren’t retarded the league wouldn’t be as cautious to goalie fights…

  19. ndrick731 - Jan 23, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    I see MAF learned well from Cindy and Malkin to hide behind the ref when you need to be protected from getting your teeth knocked down your throat.

  20. lionstigersandwingsohmy - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    The title has the wrong punctuation.

    “Hold me back” Fleury, Budaj almost fight in pens win

    Fixed it.

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