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Video: Cross checks and glove-punches fly between Burrows and Kessel

Feb 8, 2014, 8:28 PM EDT

It probably wasn’t what the management group of the U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team wanted to see: Phil Kessel, headed for Sochi after tonight’s game, getting into a scuffle with Vancouver Canucks’ forward Alex Burrows.

Kessel and Burrows came together in the second period along the boards, throwing a healthy combination of cross checks and glove punches at each other before finally being separated. It started with a slash and a body check from Burrows on Kessel, then a cross check, then a slash from Kessel on Burrows and some more jousting between the two combatants.

They also got into a fight in Vancouver earlier this season.

Kessel, the Maple Leafs forward, is on pace for his best season in the NHL. He was at 30 goals and 63 points in 59 games before tonight’s meeting with the Canucks.

The U.S. hockey team is already going through an anxious time right now, with word the development that Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty, also named to the U.S. squad for Sochi, suffered a lower-body injury in a heavy collision with the net in Saturday’s game against Carolina.

  1. terrier92 - Feb 8, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Burrows is a slimy POS

    Wish Kessel kicked his ass but that would be a stretch

    • 127taringa - Feb 9, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      You must remember, Burrows is embracng in a city that vandalizes churches. He seems to be fitting right in. I was kind of hoping that Kessel, with the quick hands would of popped him one.

  2. hawksin5 - Feb 8, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Burrows is a classless s***head. Trying to fight with that cage on. what a joke. Probably good for kessel though, keeps burrows from biting.

  3. bsaures - Feb 8, 2014 at 9:15 PM

  4. pfhockey - Feb 8, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Canada actually hired Burrows as a hit-man. They told him specially to rip Kessel’s hair out of his scalp. lol

  5. sabatimus - Feb 9, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    Like two a-holes on their first date.

  6. therooneyskilledwebster - Feb 9, 2014 at 9:34 AM

  7. richc111 - Feb 9, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    The problem with the fight was it was toe to toe. Kessel is at his best when he is fighting you from behind when he can take hack at the back you your legs when another guy has you tied up. He is a real tough guy then.

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