Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Russian league brawl

Pretty unreal stuff.

UPDATE ESPN is apparently showing this video, and they reported that 378 penalty minutes were given out on the play.

UPDATE Former NHLers involved in this game include Alexei Morozov, Sergei Zinovjev, Ray Giroux, Petr Cajanek, Denis Arkhipov, Oleg Petrov, Nikita Alexeev and Mika Noronen from Ak-Bars, and Andrei Nikolishin from Traktor.

25 Comments:

At 10:09 PM, January 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe the nhl should learn from this.

it got 10 min of attention on espn, it just proves that fighting is apart of this game.

 
At 10:19 PM, January 09, 2008, Blogger Hawerchuk said...

Good god, that's insane. What kinds of suspensions do they have in Russia?

 
At 10:46 PM, January 09, 2008, Blogger McLea said...

Good god, that's insane. What kinds of suspensions do they have in Russia?

You got love this. Two comments in, and someone is already asking what discplinary action is warranted.

Just shut up and enjoy the show.

 
At 11:12 PM, January 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It happened with 26 seconds left in the game. The score was 7-5 Ak Bars Kazan (the team in white) over Traktor Chelyabinsk (the team in black) in Kazan and Traktor had pulled their goalie.

The brawl resulted in 338 minutes in penalties (game misconducts count for 20 minutes in Russia). The goalie skating to the bench without his jersey and the cut face is former Buffalo/Vancouver goalie Mika Noronen, who got five for fighting and a game misconduct. Four roughing minors, ten majors for fighting, two misconducts, and 13 game misconducts.

Total PIM for the game - 378, a new two-team, single game record for the Russian Superliga.

The box can be found here:
http://www.metallurg.ru/ru/08/super/game-1518471.html

 
At 11:16 PM, January 09, 2008, Anonymous Chesser said...

You can't seriously believe that this is part of "the show" can you? Are we so far removed from reality that we think that this latest example of mindless violence is actually a part of hockey?

This was a street fight on ice, and the participants should be embarrassed. Give me one logical explanation for why this started/why this was necessary and I'll back off... don't get this confused with the instigator/fighting debate, this was thuggery plain and simple.

 
At 11:28 PM, January 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best part is that all of those guys were wearing visors. Don Cherry must be rolling over in his grave.

My god those guys would get their asses kicked in the NHL.

 
At 12:06 AM, January 10, 2008, Anonymous toaster said...

oh yes, lest we forget that everyone who wears a visor is a pussy, and the visorless are the strapping macho men of the world. Thanks for reminding us.

 
At 12:48 AM, January 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Just imagine all the kicking and hair-pulling that's going on in those scrums. Nasty!

 
At 12:49 AM, January 10, 2008, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

I'm sure that they all have deep respect for each other now.

 
At 1:06 AM, January 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, this is just embarrassing! Save the fighting for boxing....

 
At 1:55 AM, January 10, 2008, Blogger Hawerchuk said...

"Just shut up and enjoy the show."

Nothing sucks more than being on the ice when things get out of control like this.

It happens all the time in Canadian hockey, and it's no surprise you've got tons of kids who quit playing once they hit Bantam. Great show.

 
At 2:04 AM, January 10, 2008, Blogger Steve Patterson said...

"Nothing sucks more than being on the ice when things get out of control like this."

Actually, the two times i was in a bench clearer in minor hockey it was a hoot. There wasn't anybody on our team that didn't want to give it another go afterwards.

I agree, just sit back and enjoy the show. There hasn't been a bench clearer in the NHL since the devils-rangers playoff game from the early 90s and they'll never be one again from the way things are going. The incident couldn't be more isolated.

But who would have thought 10 years ago it would be the Russian Super League that had more fighting than the NHL?

 
At 2:45 AM, January 10, 2008, Blogger Pleasure Motors said...

I can't help but think that this brawl would have been way better if it happened on an NHL-sized rink.

 
At 7:05 AM, January 10, 2008, Blogger danielao said...

Of course ESPN showed this. They can't show a regular hockey highlight, but they'll make sure they get those crazy hockey players on when something like this happens.

 
At 9:41 AM, January 10, 2008, Anonymous baroose said...

It's news if Petr Cajanek was actually involved in a fight.

 
At 10:05 AM, January 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It never would have escalated to this point if they got rid of the instigator rule.

 
At 11:11 AM, January 10, 2008, Anonymous PJ said...

What I find amazing is that after 4:40 there are still guys holding their sticks. That's when things can start getting really dangerous.

 
At 12:29 PM, January 10, 2008, Blogger Blitzen said...

I want to know how the officials came up with the list of penalies and who they went to. You'd have to sit with a video and a big sheet of paper to get it all down.

 
At 12:43 PM, January 10, 2008, Blogger sager said...

Confession: Saw this last night on RDS at about 3 a.m. and just assumed it was a normal night in the NAHL.

 
At 1:20 PM, January 10, 2008, Anonymous Gerald said...

Just shut up and enjoy the show.

How about you shut up and spare us your buffoonish rantings?

 
At 2:32 PM, January 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really, who gets pleasure out of this? It's not UFC, with two people want and know how to fight...half of it is one guy standing over another, who's turtling, punching him repeatedly. How did it even start? A guy got pushed over? Pathetic. Gives a bad name to the game. If you think this kind of idiocy belongs in the game, then it will never crawl out of its hole. Give it twenty years, the only fans will be people for whom Cherry isn't a lunatic.

 
At 4:27 PM, January 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was interesting for a few min's if only because of the oddity of it occuring in Russia &/or because nearly all of them can't really fight. But the next time it happens, it's old hat & boring.

Hockey fights -- even heavywt NHL fights -- are boring, especially compared to real boxing.

 
At 6:16 PM, January 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gotta love the crowd. People asking what's the point will never really get it, 'cause i can bet you're not from the eastern block.

 
At 1:01 PM, January 11, 2008, Anonymous Keith said...

I absolutely love how the referee held his arms up as if he was going to will the players coming off the benches to stop.

Seems somewhat appropriate that I am currently reading When the Lights Went Out On the Punch-up in Piestany. As the one person above mentioned, who woulda thought back then that you'd see more of this in Russia than Canada?

 
At 6:11 PM, January 11, 2008, Anonymous cynical joe said...

I bet none of the fans goes for a beer in Russia either!

 

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