As of 944 central time, Friday night has become one of the most fight filled evenings of playoff hockey that I can remember. There is always a higher level of energy in the postseason, but the full line brawls that took place early in the Ottawa-New York game, as well as after the final whistle in St. Louis between the Sharks and Blues bore more resemblance to minor league Russian hockey. Let’s role the tape, first from the mugging Matt Carkner laid on Brian Boyle, after Boyle gave Erik Karlsson the business in Game 1.
Carkner and third man in Brandon Dubinsky were given the thumb. Boyle, who served only as a punching bag was not punished, and then got in a different fight a few minutes later. Stay tuned for the end of the video for Dubinsky’s work on the Gatorade jug
The end of the Blues-Sharks game was even more chaotic. Seconds after the final whistle blew, the Sharks and Blues paired off in a vicious serious of boxing matches, as this video filmed by Zapruder himself shows