Boogaard meets his match
As with every fight, there were two sides to this one.
Eric Godard was playing in his first NHL game since March 31, 2006, when he was then with the Islanders — and there was really only one reason the Calgary Flames had recalled him for this game: Derek Boogaard.
Boogaard, meanwhile, is the league's biggest player (270 pounds), a feared heavyweight who shattered the cheekbone of then-Anaheim Ducks enforcer Todd Fedoruk earlier this year.
And while it's a good story that Godard made, well, good in his Flames debut, you also have to feel for Boogaard, who apparently suffered a serious concussion filling a really, really difficult role. None of these guys enjoy dropping the gloves; it's what they do to play in the league, and it's unfortunate when injuries inevitably occur during fisticuffs.
Eric, welcome back to the NHL. Derek, get well soon big guy.