January 11, 2009
When I first saw the video, I would have thought that Boston Bruins rookie defenseman Matt Hunwick would have been immediately jumped and stomped on after his hit on Justin Williams of the Carolina Hurricanes. The rookie, though, was well prepared for any sort of action. "As soon as I made that hit, I knew I'd basically have to fight. For his first fight as a National Hockey League player, Hunwick did pretty well."
After the two teams decided it was time to fight, there was the massive potential of an all-out line brawl when each player was paired up. Sadly, it wound up just Williams attempting to exact revenge on Hunwick thereby robbing the world of hearing Bruins play-by-play man Jack Edwards call a 10-man battle royale.
In the end, the Bruins continued their domination atop the Eastern Conference standings with a 5-1 victory leaving the Hurricanes to wonder what it would take for the team to respond.
"We were too soft," Williams said. "They did what they wanted to do with us. They pushed us off pucks in the offensive zone. They battled and got their sticks on pucks in our defensive zone. We lost those areas in front of our net and that was the difference. They got out to an early lead and rolled from there."