December 27, 2011
We'll just go ahead and guess what the Liev Schreiber HBO 24/7 narration will be for this clip:
"With his team down 3-to-1, forward Wayne Simmonds did as countless Philadelphia hockey players had done before him, dropping his gloves and engaging in fisticuffs with Tampa Bay defenseman Eric Brewer. His sheer brute force overpowered his foe; alas, it wasn't enough to power a Philadelphia rally." (And cut to Peter Laviolette walking into the locker room for a profanity-laced tirade …)
Simmonds may have been responding to Brewer's shoving of Harry Z after the latter made contact with Lightning goalie Mathieu Garon. Somewhat surprisingly given the league's sensitivity to head injuries, Brewer was back on the ice in the third period. His baseline ImPACT test scores must have been terrible. All battle fun aside, we hope Brewer's noggin's OK.
To balance out this fight video, here's Frank DeFord on NPR (via BD Gallof) asking for a ban on fighting because "the idea that you have special goons to battle each other while the game stops completely makes hockey seem hokey."