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Video: Flames’ Westgarth falls hard to the ice, injured in fight with Oilers’ Gazdic

Mar 1, 2014, 11:52 PM EDT

There was a scary incident in the first period of Saturday’s game between the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers.

Calgary Flames forward Kevin Westgarth was knocked to the ice after taking a hard punch to the face in a fight with Edmonton Oilers’ forward Luke Gazdic. Officials immediately began calling for a member of the Flames training staff to come out on the ice to attend to Westgarth.

The fight also appeared to be one of the notorious staged fights. It happened right off a faceoff at center ice, one second on the game clock after Flames rookie Sean Monahan scored to give Calgary the lead.

  1. stakex - Mar 2, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    A guy was knocked out while having a bare knuckle fight? Wow….. shocker.

    Seriously, its hardly the first time a guy was knocked cold during an NHL fight. That’s part of the game… just like a player being knocked cold by a clean body check. If this is evidence fighting should be removed from hockey, then the next time someone is injured by a clean hit it should serve as evidence that body contact can be dangerous and thus should be banned.

    Really glad those that run the NHL don’t want to turn it into tennis as much as some of those that write about it.

    • charlieconway96 - Mar 2, 2014 at 12:30 AM

      Preach preacher!

    • joey4id - Mar 2, 2014 at 8:32 AM

      Indeed. The hockey in Sochi was so boring because of the lack of fights. When will the Olympics ever play the game like it’s always been played? Don’t they know fighting has always been part of hockey. NHL should eliminate the 5 minutes penalty for fighting and just send the fighters to their respective benches. Fighting is after all part of the game.

      • crybabiessuck - Mar 2, 2014 at 12:15 PM

        Hey Joey, maybe tennis is more your speed? It’s whiners like you who need to shut your little pie holes when it comes to fighting in hockey. These are 2 GROWN MEN who chose to fight one another. They’re are very few fights in hockey if unsettling combatants. Now go crawl under the rock you came from.

      • joey4id - Mar 2, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        Speaking of holes a$$hole. You can bunch me in with the likes of Yzerman, Shero, Bowman, Rutherford, and Dryden who are all proponents of banning the fights in the NHL. I’m proud to be mentioned in one of the most elite group of hockey minds.

        Joey knows hockey. ;-)

      • crybabiessuck - Mar 2, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        You can have them, I’ll take the rest of the hockey world and we will see who wins. Joey knows whining..get it right.

      • joey4id - Mar 2, 2014 at 2:07 PM

        Joey knows hockey and a$$holes. ;-)

  2. jimw81 - Mar 2, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    linesman is at fault here for not stepping in after Westgarth was starting to be used as a punching bag. i hope Westgarth is ok.

    • crybabiessuck - Mar 2, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      Why is it the linesman fault? He could of turtled if he wanted the fight to end.

  3. mackattack29 - Mar 2, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Love seeing a thug like westgarth get a taste of his own medicine. I’m just surprised that he fought someone who can actually fight. Normally he goes after guys who are at least a foot shorter than him and have never fought a day in their life. I normally don’t like anyone on the oilers… but this guy’s alright lol. Sleep tight Westgarth.

  4. muckleflugga - Mar 2, 2014 at 1:48 AM

    stakex

    when did fighting and violent hitting become part of the game as you claim

    • flyerspsu - Mar 2, 2014 at 2:14 AM

      since the beginning of hockey?

  5. flyerspsu - Mar 2, 2014 at 2:27 AM

    The author, Cam Tucker, is the same schmuck that brought up his anti fighting debate after the line brawl in the AHL a couple weeks ago b/c the Olympics were entertaining and amazingly didnt have a line brawl in its 2 weeks of games …

  6. muckleflugga - Mar 2, 2014 at 6:07 AM

    flyerspsu

    oh right … saturday night … i forgot

    all the wet behind-the-ear snot-nosed pimple ranchers fuelled by a few too many wobbly pops are out getting their rocks-off watching bigger tougher men beat each other stupid … then claiming the violence is part of the game

    piss off wankers

    fighting and violent hitting have never been part of the game of hockey … that’s why both are penalized … were either part of hockey there would be no need for sanction … i know that’s pretty deep but uncross your eyes and try

    what has become part of hockey is promotion of violence as succour for those with tiny penises and tinier brains who feed absent libido with bloodlust at expense of the health of fighting combatants and victims of gooning play

    it’s too easy …

    slobbering over a keyboard and waxing poetic on need for fighting in the game … too easy because the hucksters promoting the violent game in north america simply exploit the feeble-minded drooling idiots who find satisfaction in delivery of injurious harm

    blood equal bucks … see how they line up … see how they cum

    i’ve been involved in hockey at every level for forty eight years … fighting and violent play are not the product of hockey … speed and finesse and clever play are part of hockey

    fighting and violent hitting are product of answering need of the illiterate and unwashed … can’t beat their wives and can’t beat their kids … anymore … society frowns on such behaviour … where is catharsis to be found in that vacuum

    in hockey … promoted by assholes running the violent game game and assholes who pay to see the violent game … then claiming from the safety of a keyboard violence is part of the game … from the beginning

    it’s no wonder europeans view us as uncultured barbarians … look at our football and hockey …

    both symptomatic of an overwhelming sickness in society where it is perfectly normal to train and arm mental defectives with assault rifles … then turn them loose on the world

    gun control … can’t have that … better we arm the teachers

    it’s the same in hockey … have goon will travel … who in the game is safe when violence rather than skill is the big ticket

    the term barbarians is too kind

    • crybabiessuck - Mar 2, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      Where you “touched” as a child?

    • b1unt3d - Mar 2, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      Mix in some punctuation. Your use of the ellipses is just painful.

  7. crazemastercraze - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:51 AM

    Westgarths jaw did most of the fighting

  8. jhaegs - Mar 2, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    POW! Right in the kisser.

  9. joey4id - Mar 2, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    There was clearly intent to injure as made evident by the repeated blows to the each other’s head. Both players should be suspended. Olympic hockey sucks…….

    • crybabiessuck - Mar 2, 2014 at 2:43 PM

      Someone call the whaaaaaambulance.

  10. mweekes22 - Mar 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Don’t try to start stuff when you’re not a good fighter. Westgarth looked like a victim of tyson.

  11. easez1 - Mar 2, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    The real assault to the senses in this one was listening to the announcers talking about what a ‘stand up guy Gazdic is’ and how he’s so loyal to stay on with the Oil because
    ‘that’s the kind of player he is’….pathetic commentary on a goon who knows he couldn’t get a job as a player. Fighting is part of the game, they both performed accordingly, nothing more other than wishing Westgarth a speedy recovery needed to be added as commentary.

    • mackattack29 - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:54 PM

      Actually gazdic has a TON more to his game than just fighting, however your argument is quite accurate to the likes of westgarth whom is merely a gorilla on skates minus the ability that most gorillas have of defending themselves. Lulz

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