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Fast fights: Bieksa makes quick work of Giordano, Tinordi roughs up Torres

Mar 9, 2014, 12:14 AM EDT

Saturday had its fair share of minor themes, with near-comebacks and various retirements (quotation marks optional) being among the most prominent. As it turns out, there were also a couple blink-and-you’ll-miss-them fights tonight, too.

In one of them, Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa didn’t appreciate a hit by Calgary Flames blueliner Mark Giordano, who seemed out of his element in this bout:

Getty Images has a great shot of the aftermath of the squabble:

source: Getty Images

Credit: Getty Images

The other fast bit of fisticuffs happened when Montreal Canadiens tough guy Jarred Tinordi took offense to a hit San Jose Sharks agitator Raffi Torres delivered on Lars Eller. Video of the fight hasn’t been uploaded in a form that can be embedded just yet, but RDS has a clip that can be seen via this link.

  1. r8rbhawk - Mar 9, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    Another classic example of Bieksa picking his spots.

  2. sjsharks66 - Mar 9, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    What an overreaction to the Torres hit. Confused at why Torres was even given a penalty for a shoulder hit along the boards.

    • 101starmymedic - Mar 9, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      Agreed, that was a great old-time hit.

      • packerswin96 - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        Because it was a blindside hit boys, that is why it is a penalty.

      • 101starmymedic - Mar 9, 2014 at 12:10 PM

        Which is what happens when you don’t keep your head up…it’s your own fault. Scott Stevens was notorious for blind-side hits, but there’s only one way to learn to keep your head up. Get laid out with a nice clean shoulder check.

        I swear the way hockey is going they should throw 12 kittens on the ice with a ball of string and just televise that.

      • Derek Blass - Mar 9, 2014 at 12:43 PM

        Agreed too. It was a perfect hit. Shoulder into body. Sorry Eller, keep your head up.

  3. 101starmymedic - Mar 9, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    LOL Bieksa gets laid out by a legit good hit and decides he needs to fight the guy because of it. He should hang out with Ray Emery.

  4. Wineshard - Mar 9, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Giordano had it coming from the last game.

  5. notmrknowitall - Mar 9, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    As some previous posters mentioned…this is typical Bisucksa picking his spots. Has that guy ever fought anyone that can reasonably handle themselves in that environment.

  6. kitshky - Mar 9, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    The spot picker label is such BS.

    He’s a 6’1 198 pound regular minute defenceman who plays hard, honest, and tough. He answers (and rings) the occasional bell … that’s all.

    If you want him to be out picking fights and answering the bell to the biggest in the game … you clearly have no idea who your’e talking about and zero understanding of the value he brings to his team.

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