I'm folding Mr. Engelland's and Mr. Guerin's fights together. I'd put this up to Bourque sucking, as seems to be the cool thing to do these days (Woo), but really, I just got into the weeds with school work (oh, the woes of being a college student), and haven't had time to update. Apologies all around. I'm sure you missed me as much as I missed you. You didn't? Well, fuck you then. On to the rumbles.
I kind of don't want to talk about Deryk Engelland's fight. See, I love Bob Errey, he amazes me with his puns and his all around awesome commentary full of shenanigans and awesome stuff I expect to hear from my pothead friends. However, the pun...oh, it was just too much:
Are you still with me? I barely survived. That pun might have caused internal bleeding. Anyway, this is a big time "Get your team going," fight on the part of Byron Bitz. Huh...a fight that could arguably be called a show fight...who usually does that on the Penguins...
Oh, hey, who's that guy? 3 Fights in 18 Games, Eric? I am disappoint. Paul Bissonnette has 8 for Phoenix. Where you at Godard? Where's my guy that fought 21 times last year? I miss you, dude.
Anyway! Before I get more sentimental about Eric Godard, back on Engelland's fight. Bitz is trying to get his team going in a game that Boston has come out slowly in thus far and is losing 1-0. The fight isn't really anything major. Engelland punches Bitz' shoulder a few times, grazes him with an uppercut, then they fall down. Engelland I guess wins because Bitz doesn't even throw a punch. By the end of this game, 10 goals later, no one even remembers this fight, especially with Guerin's goal. Wow. Still having chills about it.
As an aside not about fighting, Engelland and Lovejoy have done a stellar job coming up from the AHL to play some blueline for the big boys. Definitely loving Engelland taking the body, he's paid his dues and it's good to see him rewarded:
Have some. You're the enemy now Whitney, sorry pal.
Which brings us to Guerin. Billy G is pretty hot right now (and he's playing some good hockey too, woo?), and after a game where he tied the game with 0.4 seconds to play, he added another goal (and on the Power Play no less, stunned!) and had a fight with Ryan Getzlaf. Once again, this fight is basically irrelevant. The Ducks try to get jump started by this but instead decide to take more penalties against the Penguins:
Errey once again comes through with some golden commentary...by which I mean ridiculous. After the fight is concluded, Errey comments that it's not often you see two elder statesmen going at it like that. Getzlaf is only 24, though, it's understandable that Errey would make this mistake, especially after seeing Getzlaf's giant bald spot. I, however, take umbrage with Getzlaf going after Guerin when he did. Not only did he cross check Guerin and slash him and hit him from behind until Billy G fought him, he fought Guerin at the end of his shift. Oh yeah, Getzlaf, real honorable fighting a guy after he's tired from being out on the ice for a minute already. You still got worked by a guy 15 years older than you even when he was at the end of his shift. Embarrassing.
All and all though boys, these fights have been quickly forgotten in the games they were within. Every fight though is important. Engelland allowed the Boston player a chance to get his team fired up, I'd expect Bitz to do the same if the Penguins were in that shape, it's just the honorable thing fighters do. Guerin stood up for himself like a champ, even though he was at the end of his shift and showed the Ducks we wouldn't deal with their crap. Good on ya, old man.
Though, I must say: selfishly...I still miss Godard.
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