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Video: Line brawl breaks out during AHL game

Feb 16, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT

The Portland Pirates and Adirondack Phantoms combined for 299 penalty minutes Sunday, after a wild line brawl occurred late in the third period.

With the score 2-0 for Portland, an incident took place near the blue line, prompting several Phantoms players to jump in with 22 seconds remaining in the game. Portland players followed not far behind.

Entertaining though this might be, there has been no fighting at the Olympics – an event that involves the best players in the world – and it seems there haven’t been any complaints about a lack of fisticuffs.

  1. anthj99 - Feb 16, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Comparing the Olympics to any of the professional leagues is asinine. Nice try, but fighting isn’t going anywhere, baby.

    • stakex - Feb 16, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      Exactly. Most people don’t want to hear it, but the Olympics are pretty much a vacation for most of these guys. They would rather play for a massive pay check and a Stanley Cup than they would for free and a gold medal any day of the week…. and as such the intensity just isn’t there.

      • jaythehelmetguy - Feb 17, 2014 at 12:04 AM

        You’re completely right. I’m sure the fact that IIHF rules denote fighting as a misconduct have nothing to do with it.

      • dueman - Feb 17, 2014 at 12:17 AM

        I’m not sure which games you’ve watched, but the Olympic games I’ve seen have been great. From this point on sudden death starts and you’ll see much more intensity. I do agree though, that comparing the Olympics to the NHL for the sake of trying to put down fighting is asinine to say the least. This is just Tucker trying to stir the pot in order to get a whack of hits on his blog.

  2. buckeye044 - Feb 16, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Not really a fair last comment, not enough games played. Outside of US-Russia, Canada-Finland and maybe Russia-Slovakia the games have been pretty ordinary.

  3. charlieconway96 - Feb 16, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    To be fair, we don’t have cameras in the USA locker room. Inside sources say Kesler thought that Brown threw a knee at him on the way to the showers and that they have scrapped several times since. Its all hearsay of course and I personally don’t think the knee was dirty.

  4. charlie2254 - Feb 16, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    You mea with the bull you get the horns. Philly owns the world.

  5. charlie2254 - Feb 16, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    *mess. Philly still owns the world.

    • sabatimus - Feb 16, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      McGinn is a classless player who deserves to be nowhere higher than AHL.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Feb 17, 2014 at 12:54 AM

        He’s classless because he threw a whopping on Connor Murphy? McGinn is an NHLer in the making who had a couple of good games when he was called up.

      • flyerspsu - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:12 AM

        McGinn is actually a very classy player, dont get me wrong im a Flyers fan that will more than admit when a Philly player is dirty, but Mcginn isnt one of them like Hartnell or like Rinaldo used to be, Mcginns a very soft spoken power forward who does the little things right and can fight, really nothing more than that, although it didnt seem his opponent was all the willing to fight here but in a line brawl when Mcginn himself isnt a fighter but just happens to be a good fighter you cant blame him all that much for beating up a guy like murphy, this was only Mcginns 3rd fight all season and 1st since Nov. 15

  6. greej1938l - Feb 16, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Tucker’s a USA hockey hater. Go look at his predictions

  7. stakex - Feb 16, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Yeah that last comment was pretty laughable. For starters, its only been a handful of games so far… most of which NHL fans probably haven’t watched, especially with the time difference.

    Also, everyone knows that the Olympics are a glorified All Star event to begin with. People don’t expect fighting at such an event. I mean no one has ever complained about the lack of fighting in an NHL All Star game have they? That’s because we all know its not going to happen before we watch. If it was removed from the NHL however, a lot of people would definitely complain… including most of the players btw, who continue to make it clear they don’t want fighting to be removed. So stop trying to be their nanny…

  8. sabatimus - Feb 16, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    I’m glad the Pirates signed a deal with the CCCC for the following season; for now they are playing all thir games in Lewiston, which is a tad far.

  9. luvusa1 - Feb 17, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    @sabitimus: Seriously? Guy came looking for a fight who isn’t a fighter and McGinn is supposed just stand there?! Maybe you should worry about getting higher than your Mommies basement.

    • sabatimus - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:25 AM

      Nice trolling: mom’s basement and everything. How can I possibly top that?

      • jrclark1978 - Feb 17, 2014 at 6:47 AM

        You can’t. So just shut your mouth and take a seat, unless you want to fight Ty McGinn next.

  10. flyerspsu - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:27 AM

    A big ole’ F*** Y** to Tucker for bringing up the fighting debate and Olympics for absolutely no reason, obviously there havent been any line brawls, not only have there been very few games played in the Olympics but line brawls are very rare and FIGHTING IS ILLEGAL in the ollympics …

    its always amusing when people try to bring up how exciting Olympic and playoff hockey are when there also happens to be little to no fights, OBVIOUSLY, there is more on the line, it has nothing to do with lack of fighting, hockey takes the most determination, passion, and hard work than any other sport so when its the Olympics or Cup playoffs they are gonna be wild and take their commitment to an insane level, the fighting debate is irrelevant here

  11. flyerspsu - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    So is Heeter gonna be suspended 10 games for coming off the bench even tho he he just went to the bench for an extra attacker?

    • shaundre93 - Feb 17, 2014 at 2:45 AM

      Idk… Is he supposed to be a decent prospect though? Never heard of him but he had a spectacular game, had like 38 saves. Kept adirondack in the game

      • flyerspsu - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        yeah he wasnt supposed to be all that great of a prospect but hes been phenomenal this year and has turned into a pretty good one and will probably be the back up for the Flyers next year

    • buckeye044 - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:53 AM

      Go Bucks

  12. shaundre93 - Feb 17, 2014 at 2:42 AM

    I was actually at that game… all started when Chris Summers threw a monster open ice hit (clean) that the phantoms didn’t like. I can say for a fact that everyone there freakin loved it. The fans love it, the players and the commish are in favor of it… The only people against it are doctors (somewhat understandably, but the players are well aware of the risks at this point), joey and writers who are either trying to stir the pot or make some condescending moral stand. Just stfu already. Fighting in hockey is here for the long haul (thankfully). Now if you wanna discuss removing players who make a career out of fighting I’ll listen.

  13. biggdaddy007 - Feb 17, 2014 at 5:54 AM

    If you don’t like fighting in hockey go shut up and go watch basketball with all the other asshats

  14. thailer35 - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Glad to see the Flyers are making sure their “system” is being played at all levels.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 17, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      Comments like these are so ridiculously predictable. Was it Craig Berube starting line brawls in the NHL this season? I’m pretty sure it was that scumbag Tortorella and Bob Hartley. But no somehow anything like this, that’s Philadelphia related, it’s all about the “classlessness” of Philly and how we breed dirty players. There were two teams involved here. The Flyers organization likes physical hockey but so do many other franchises.

      • thailer35 - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:07 PM

        First of all, this falls under the “funny because it’s true” category. Yes, other teams fight too, and other teams like toughness as part of their identity, but incidents like the one involving Ray Emery and the frequent bench brawls with Pittsburgh over the last few years make Philly an easy target for this kind of humor. Key word in all of this is humor.

        Second of, as far as Craig Berube…

        Boom roasted!

      • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:31 PM

        The point is Philly is ALWAYS singled out as the capital of hockey depravity, but it’s not true. It’s just continually perpetuated by the media and uninformed fans. Yeah Craig Berube is top-10 in penalty minutes, he’s no saint, that should say something to the fact that he’d never do what Torts did in Vancouver.

        As for the Pitt-Philly rivalry… 1) people love it, and 2) if you go back to that playoff series you can easily see which team was the aggressor. James Neal did more headhunting in 6 games than Berube did in his 17 year career. Malkin literally tried to take Couturier’s head off. Asham sucker punched then slammed Schenns face in the ice after a CLEAN hit. Letang fought TIMONEN! A 5’8″ Finn who’s never dropped a glove. Crosby instigated everything. Yet somehow we’re still stuck with the label as the bad guys. The Flyers clearly have history, you can’t defend everything they do, the point is it’s hockey and players don’t just turn into goons when they put the orange on… they are either are or aren’t to begin with. Every team has em, we’re just vilified for it.

  15. sjsharks66 - Feb 17, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Phillyphanatic, come on man. Agreed that Neal was a little out of control that series. I can’t seem to remember Malkin “literally” trying decapitate SC. Also, although what Asham did was not professional. He did not “slam his head into the ice.”

    This is why people pick on the Flyers and their fans so much. Because their commentators and fans blow every incident out of the water. Just like Pierre claiming Asham cross checked Schenn in the throat. When we all know it was in the chest and rode up to his neck area.

    Look, both teams were bad that series. Don’t act like the Flyers were victims though.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 17, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Dude you’re a Pens fan! There were literally Penguins fans who were embarrassed to support that organization after that series. The Flyers were not innocent but it was easy to see who was driving the train when it came to the disgraceful play. The commentators saw it, impartial fans saw it, and the NHL saw it. The Pens, once again favorites, couldn’t take losing (that was beyond obvious in Crosbys actions and comments), so they went the route that the Flyers are always accused of… goonery. If you were to ask any impartial experts which team was the clear aggressor in that series, they would ALL tell you Pittsburgh.

      And yes Neal was headhunting like Scott Stevens, except completely outside the rules. Malkin, beyond frustrated by a rookie, did attempt to decapitate Coots with a vicious elbow that Couturier somehow saw and escaped, and Kris Letang (not averse to physical play) decided to beat up a 38yr old, 5’8″ Finn who never hurt a Fly, then celebrated like a clown. If he wasn’t a coward he would’ve actually taken on someone like Simmonds, Rinaldo, or Hartnell… that’s more of a fair fight. The Pens were total goons in that series and anyone outside of Pittsburgh (or a San Jose Pens fan) would agree.

  16. macjacmccoy - Feb 17, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    I guess no one watched the Russia vs USA game. Yea there was no “fights” as defined by the NHL rulebook but there was plenty of fighting. More than in most NHL games. Plenty of stink palms and all out punches thrown in the many scrums the 2 teams were involved in. In fact in 1 case a Russian player squared an American player up and unloaded a shot right to his face right in front of an official. It wasnt a half hearted punch either. It easily could have been called instigating.

    But I doubt any of that matters. This story was probably written before the Olympics even started.

  17. sjsharks66 - Feb 17, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    It’s not like Letang grabbed him and just pounded him ( like Emery would do ). He asked if he wanted to go and they fought. The celebration was directed at Talbot. He did the same “shh” gesture Talbot did a few years before.
    Why did he not fight Rinaldo? Well, Letang would not be on the ice when a fourth liner like Rinaldo is out. Plus, both players were ejected after the fight. So Letang-Rinaldo trade would have just been terrible.

    Im not defending the way the pens acted. I said both teams were playing really bad that series. But what do you expect from the biggest rivalry in hockey?

    Sorry that I comment about the Pens ( and many other teams on this site. ). That does not make me a pens fan pretending I am a Sharks fan. That is almost as lame as the comments Kings fans make about Sharks fans. Go back and look at any Sharks/Kings articles. I talk trash to Kings fans way worse then I do flyers fans. My wife is a die hard Pens fan and she snarls at me whenever I make a positive comment about the Flyers. I do give them credit when it is due and I do give the criticism when it is due. It’s all about being a fan of hockey. I am not going to blind myself to the rest of the league and just focus on San Jose. Where is the fun in that?

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