February 09, 2010
Colton Orr(notes) of the Toronto Maple Leafs must have been feeling pretty confident after his knockout of Ottawa's Matt Carkner on Saturday night. Midway through the first period of the Leafs 3-2 loss against the San Jose Sharks last night, Orr decided to jump up the fight experience ladder moving on from Carkner's 28 career tussles (pre and regular season) to Jody Shelley(notes), a seasoned pugilist with 171 scraps under his belt.
The results were not what Orr had in mind.
Shelley obviously remembered their last tussle back in February of 2007 when they were both with former teams and Orr got the best of him in that one. Unlike Carkner, Orr didn't have any issues getting up and skate himself to the penalty box. The scrap must have rubbed off on the Leafs as they would opening the scoring in their 3-2 loss just 41 seconds later.
Looking at Orr's HockeyFights.com scorecard, he's taken on some of the NHL's biggest and toughest fighters this season, but has only been voted winner in four of his 15 scraps, with two of them coming against Carkner. At least you can say that Orr is trying to bring the "truculence" to the Leafs that GM Brian Burke promised.
The only thing missing from Orr's resume is a NHL fight with Derek Boogaard(notes) of the Minnesota Wild. The two did have a pair of scraps in their Western Hockey League days with Orr handling himself well against an obvious size difference, but that's a fight that will have to wait until next season as Minnesota and Toronto already met back in November.