Wayne Simmonds and Derek Dorsett have both taken their rough stuff outside. Outside of North America, that is.
Fans of the reigning champion Los Angeles Kings and other teams that had a particularly memorable 2012 Stanley Cup playoff are not alone in one of their topmost causes for frustration over the NHL lockout.
Crossover hockey and boxing or wrestling fans are also left to assume they are missing out on what might have been a followup on a 2012 tournament that featured an astonishing 19 fights. That includes a multitude involving the Nashville Predators, New York Rangers and Phoenix Coyotes as well as more than one within the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh, St. Louis-San Jose and Los Angeles-St. Louis matchups.
Along with the better part of the NHL-caliber hockey talent, much of that extracurricular activity has fallen back on the KHL and other top leagues overseas.
Through the first three months of the 2012-13 season, the top 10 emotional eruptions and resultant scraps involving a would-be NHL player are ranked as follows.
There are reasons why this clip is at the bottom of the top 10 here, but the energetic and physical Landeskog is at least proving that he is keeping his fervor in shape along with his skill set.
They were not the central figures, but they were involved in this 12-man skirmish between the Swiss League’s HC Lugano and Geneva-Servette HC. The latter team is employing both of the two players in question.
In a multi-skirmish convention in the far corner, and he is the first to emerge after he and his dance partner each fall to the ice. Afterward, he continues to give his tongue a strenuous workout as he is escorted away from the scene and additional scraps carry on elsewhere.
As far as his hockeyfights.com profile can tell, Antropov had not tossed his mitts since before the last NHL lockout, his previous tangle occurring in preseason action prior to the 2003-04 campaign.
All things considered, when he engaged Martin Stajnoch in the second fight to occur in this KHL game, Antropov did not reek of wrestling rust in the least. After all, he stayed on his skates and remained helmeted while Stajnoch had his lid dislodged and his knees tugged down to ice level.
Especially after last season, a Flyer can certainly get used to fighting a Penguin, even if it is of the Fischtown variety. Starting at about the two-minute mark of the video, Simmonds verifies that exact notion, feverishly subduing his combating counterpart in a matter of 10 seconds.
The loss of his jersey in the process was inadvertently prophetic, as Simmonds has since shuffled from Germany to the Czech Republic to keep himself busy during the lockout.
This 30-second struggle with Max Spiridonov stemmed from a stick swing to the backside and the veteran Montreal defenseman’s retaliatory whack to the right leg. It is kind of hard to blame either party for losing his cool after that.
Dorsett was last seen in NHL action with the Columbus Blue Jackets, whom he easily led with 235 penalty minutes in 2011-12. His energy level in this fairly one-sided scrap seen above would make one think he was playing (or at least brawling) on his Red Bull Salzburg team’s sponsor product.
Post-whistle pushing precipitated this presentation of pugilism, beginning at about the 75-second mark of the clip and lasting about 20 seconds.
Although that makes for a relatively brief bout, Stewart―ordinarily of the Blues but temporarily of Eispiraten Crimmitschau―had no difficulty inciting his home crowd by decisively overwhelming his opponent. Barely five seconds elapsed between the first sudden movement and Stewart pulling the sweater up and pinning the skater down.
At about the three-minute mark of this highlight package, the would-be Flyer serves up some rough stuff for another orange-and-black fanbase, namely that of the Sheffield Steelers. This dustup with Greg Stewart of the Belfast Giants constituted a part of a Gordie Howe Hat Trick in Sestito’s British Elite League debut, in which he also had a hand in both goals to decide a 2-1 victory.