Melee on Ice: Top 4 Brawls in NHL Playoffs History
Nothing adds more to the gravitas of hockey — especially for hockey fans — than the fight. There’s the difficulty of the sport, for sure, and the underdog aspect that comes from rooting for a sport that gets short shrift in the national attention span for the majority of the season (When’s the last time the televised half of ESPN really paid attention to hockey?). Even the playoffs are overshadowed by the NBA’s. Did you know that the NHL playoffs are happening right now? If you’re not a hockey fan, then probably not.
So hockey’s not quite as overexposed as those Kia advertisements featuring Blake Griffin, but that’s how hockey fans like it, right? The fisticuffs, the hard hits, and the ideal of toughness are allowed to skate away unhindered. Except when they’re not.
In the wake of Chicago Blackhawk Brent Seabrook’s massive hit on St. Louis Blues forward David Backes (which you can see below; while no penalty was assessed on the play, Seabrook would ultimately be hit with a three-game suspension) and the Anaheim Ducks’ complaints about the Dallas Stars engaging in rough play (what is this, two-hand-touch hockey?), it appears that the smart coaches will try to keep their players collected and calm. So instead of waiting for fights that might not happen, let’s look back at some of the best playoff fights from the days of yore.