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Video: Milbury critiques breaking up the Budaj-Fleury fight

Jan 22, 2014, 10:57 PM EDT

Plenty of people were bummed out that officials kept a Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Peter Budaj fight from happening on Wednesday. Mike Milbury was one of them, as he believes that it was a “politically correct” decision made based on the controversies surrounding Ray Emery‘s incident with Braden Holtby.

The video below captures what Milbury and Keith Jones had to say about a scene that was memorable, even if a fight didn’t happen:

  1. stakex - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Milbury is correct…the fans made it very clear what they wanted to see tonight. The boos were loud and clear when the fight wasn’t allowed to happen.

    Remember that hockey is a spectator sport, and the more entertained the spectators, the more they watch. Taking all of the interesting and unique moments out of the game (such as goalie fights) is a bad move by the NHL. Hell, I already don’t watch as much hockey as I use to thanks to how its changed over the last few years…. and recent moves by the NHL certainly aren’t pulling me back.

    • joey4id - Jan 23, 2014 at 7:54 AM

      The NHL is no worse off because you, or others like you don’t watch as much hockey as they used to. Hell! Since 1993 the NHL revenues went from $400 million to over $3.0 billion. Do you seriously think the NHL suffering because they won’t allow goalie fights? Guess you and many won’t be watching the Olympics.

      Maybe teams should dress a few clowns for your entertainment values. That’s it! Lets turn the NHL into a circus like WWE. “WWE shows are not legitimate sporting contests, but purely entertainment-based.”

    • imleftcoast - Jan 23, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      You lost me at ‘Milbury is correct.’ This is the guy who jumped in the stands and beat a fan with a shoe. He traded Chara for Yashin and Olli Jokinen & Roberto Luongo for Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvasha.

  2. charlieconway96 - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    If they want to fight let them fight.

    • joey4id - Jan 23, 2014 at 7:55 AM

      And if willing adults wand to snort crack, let them do it! Legalize everything willing adults want to do. See how that works out for you.

      • cofran2004 - Jan 23, 2014 at 8:44 AM

        because a league that allows fighting allowing two guys to fight is totally the same thing as someone snorting an illegal drug. Sorry joey, not with ya on this one.

      • joey4id - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:36 AM

        cofran2004, you missed the point. The point is; it doesn’t mean it’s right to let things happen because people are willing. You’ve got to look at the broader picture. The consequences are far greater than the entertainment value. Goalies don’t make a living by fighting.

      • cofran2004 - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:13 AM

        They don’t, but when goalies fight, at least in my experience, they’re usually throwing pillows and laughing the whole time because they don’t actually want to hurt each other. The Emery thing is, I think, an isolated incident. I’ve seen more humorous goalie fights than serious ones.

      • joey4id - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:05 AM

        You’re looking at it from purely a fan’s perspective and I’m looking at it from a coach/GM’s perspective. The last thing you want to see as a coach/GM is your goalie get hurt in a fight when his job is to stop the rubber. Sestito, Scott, and the likes are paid to use their hands to fight as opposed to scoring goals. You hope they don’t get hurt in a fight, but you know there’s a risk of it happening.

      • cofran2004 - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        I see where you’re coming from. And you do have a point. I’ve only seen a couple of goalie fights where the two guys were legit trying to hurt each other. And one was a loooooong time ago. A rangers/isles game I believe.

        Im willing to bet fleury and budaj would have just tapped each other though. I don’t think there was any malice.

      • jpelle82 - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:11 AM

        at least we know joey hasnt ever tried crack…

      • joey4id - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:38 AM

        Just say no! 🚫

      • ibieiniid - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:47 AM

        I’m not experienced on the issue, but I don’t think you snort crack.

      • storminator16 - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:28 AM

        Horrible comparison. Legal v. illegal.

      • joey4id - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:09 AM

        storminator16, you missed the point. It’s not about the law. It’s about not always letting willing adults do what they want, otherwise there would be no laws. You’ve got to manage and deter people’s behavior otherwise it would chaos. Saying “let them fight because they are willing” is not a valid argument…. for me anyways.

      • storminator16 - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:50 AM

        I’m not a big fan of comparisons. Just call a spade a spade.

  3. Stiller43 - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Milbury is a complete ass wad.

    • brainoflindros - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Actually the order of ass wadedness is:
      Pierre Mcquire
      Mike Emerick
      Mike Milbury

      However…you are correct Milbury is top 3 on the list.

      • theageofquarrel - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        Actually it should go:
        Milbury
        Milbury
        Milbury
        and then everyone you mentioned after that

  4. lowenni - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    If I ever want to learn something new about hockey, I just listen to what Milbury has to say about it and then I know the exact opposite of what he says is the answer. It’s a great system!

  5. esracerx46 - Jan 22, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Someone should have broken up the fight between his kid and another player. Zero respect for that guy.

  6. 950003cups - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    I agree with the refs. Those two would have been a boring slap fight. Fleury and Budaj? LOL. Semin would’ve kick either one of their butts. If you don’t get the point of the comment, YouTube Semin vs Staal

    • polishblue - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      h e y t h a t w a s r e a l l y f u n n y m a n

    • BlackandGoldMNBruinsFan - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      Haha thanks for the YouTube recommendation. That was brilliant.

    • imleftcoast - Jan 23, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      Semin played him like a set of bongos.

  7. billsboy88 - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Fluery trying to fake out the ref made my night

  8. 2toomany - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    Everytime I hear Milbury say “in the old days” it make my skin crawl.

  9. killerpgh - Jan 23, 2014 at 1:47 AM

    I can kind of understand the nhl reasoning behind it. GM’s made a big deal about protecting goalie at the GM’s meeting after Lucic ran Miller saying goalie need to protected better since a starting goalie is probably the hardest position to replace. I don’t agree stopping 2 willing guys from fighting, but that could be the reasoning behind them breaking it up. I think a simple solution would be to allow goalie fight to happen if both goalies skate to past their own blue line than both players are considered willing. Or if a goalie is joining in a scrum the other goalie should be able to even the odds and come all the way down. This eliminates Emery/Holtby situations and still the game honest.

    • storminator16 - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:31 AM

      The Emery-Holtby situation was a complete anomaly. My God, you all over analyze every thing today. Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez.

  10. bencia823 - Jan 23, 2014 at 3:19 AM

    As much as I wanted to see this fight happen, I’m kind of glad Fleury left unscathed

  11. nicofthenorthstar - Jan 23, 2014 at 4:03 AM

    In related news, milbury is an idiot for the most part .

    • cofran2004 - Jan 23, 2014 at 8:46 AM

      I agree with you for the most part… But you could have left “for the most part” out. He’s an idiot. That is all.

  12. csilojohnson - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Shouldve let it happen. Weak on NHLs part.
    Nobody “snorts” crack btw. If your going to use a rediculous analogy to prove your point. At least make sense while doing it.

    • ibieiniid - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      didn’t see this comment before saying the same. lol idk if not knowing anything about crack is necessarily a bad thing though.

  13. theageofquarrel - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    If anyone should have fought,it should have been Price fighting the rest of his teammates for hanging him out to dry.

  14. nj666 - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    hey NBC sports go F yourselves I sit through the dumb commercial then the actual video doesn’t work…

  15. flyerspsu - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    there is no fanbase that enjoys fights more than in Philly, people think its b/c we are crude blood thirsty people and that might be true to an extent but i think its more as a a blue collar city we appreciate grit and determination, we know it takes a lot of that when getting in a fight, win or lose were gonna applaud you on the way to the box, but if you win we go nuts

    • brainoflindros - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      Would rather see the players PLAY with dertermination and grit on the ice and not resort to fighting…but I guess i see your point.
      Also, Would rather WIN the GAME!

  16. puckdrop1 - Jan 23, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    2 men that should leave the hockey coaching and broadcasting to others: Torts and Milbury. I so dislike Milbury and his opinions I won’t watch or listen to anything he has to say. Big buffoon! As for Torts, it’s time for the man to find other work. He can’t control himself much less command any respect from or control over his team. These 2 need to go.

  17. penguins87and71 - Jan 23, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    It would have been kind of cool to see Fleury fight Budaj. I think the refs made the right decision in stopping both of them, just because of player safety. I was glad they stopped it before it started. It would have sucked if Fleury would have broken something just because of a fight. Also I’m not sure you want your franchise goalie fighting.

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