November 28, 2009
As their fight 18 seconds into the second period became a tepid collection of misplaced blows and sweater jabs, Craig Rivet(notes) of the Buffalo Sabres and Daniel Carcillo(notes) of the Philadelphia Flyers could probably hear the natives in Philly getting restless on Friday. Booing from the underwhelmed masses began just over halfway through the pedestrian fight, before the two pugilists finished strong:
If at first you don't succeed, pummel, pummel again. In a textbook example of the kind of staged fight the NHL may eventually legislate out of the game, Rivet and Carcillo yapped before the faceoff and then dropped the gloves for Round 2. They didn't disappoint this time, even if it was a clear win for the Flyers goon:
Carcillo received an additional 10-minute misconduct penalty for a 20-PIM day during Buffalo's 4-2 win. Unfortunately, Rivet appeared to suffer a fairly serious leg injury late in the game and was helped off the ice. He's third in average ice time (19:56) for the Sabres, meaning his loss would sting more than anything Carcillo landed in their two fights on Friday.
Thanks to HockeyFights.com for the clips.