Philly fight night

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Thursday's game brought back memories from March 2004 when the two teams piled 419 penalty minutes. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Thursday’s game brought back memories from March 2004 when the two teams piled 419 penalty minutes. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The game Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center between the Philadelphia Flyers and Ottawa Senators ended in a 6-2 win for the Flyers. But the lasting memory for fans in attendance won’t be the 6 goals – instead they will remember the third period that turned from a high-scoring game into the old time hockey brawls.

The Flyers entered the third period holding onto a 3-2, but they blew open the game at the 7:50 mark off a Scott Hartnell goal. James van Riemsdyk followed behind 3:24 later with his 11th of the season. It was shortly following that goal that the game turned into Philly Fight Night.

Claude Giroux laid a big shoulder hit on Ottawa’s Jesse Winchester, knocking him to the ice. Chris Neil immediately skated over and jumped Giroux from behind. Jeff Carter and Darroll Powe came to the defense of their teammate and the first fight of the night broke out between Carter and Winchester while Powe was wrapped up with Chris Campoli down on the ice.

Andrej Meszaros added one more for the home team with a power-play goal after Neil received a double minor for roughing.

It seemed as though Jody Shelley and Matt Carkner were going to go, but Shelley backed out of the fight after Carkner dropped the gloves.

A little over a minute later, the linesmen jumped in between another battle brewing between Ryan Shannon and Danny Briere. Once again, the Senator dropped the gloves before a Flyer obliged.

The tension reached a boiling point when Zack Smith checked van Riemsdyk into the boards and gave a few extra shoves to his head while van Riemsdyk was down, inciting further scrums in the corner.

Giroux, still upset over the incident with Neil, hopped over the boards for a shift and immediately dropped the gloves with Nick Foligno. It was only Giroux’s second career fight.

Giroux has only dropped the gloved “eight or 10 times” in juniors and had this to say after the game about his brawl with Foligno:

“I don’t really fight. It’s just when I get pissed off I try to find the smallest guy on their team and try to fight them.”

The fight kicked off 80 minutes worth of penalties committed in only one second. As soon as the puck dropped after Giroux and Foligno were in the box, gloves and sticks went flying as six players on the ice found a dance partner.

Shelley squared off with Neil as Hartnell took on Jarkko Ruutu and Sean O’Donnell mixed it up with Carkner.

The fans were on there feet cheering since Giroux’s tilt and many refused to sit down after with flashbacks to March of 2004 flashed in their head when the Flyers and Senators broke the record for most penalty minutes in a game – a record that still stands untouched today at 419 PIMs. The fans even started a “Goalie Fight!” chant, hoping to see their rookie sensation, Sergei Bobrovsky, go at it with Mike Brodeur.

When all was said and done, a hit from Giroux caused at explosion in the third period that saw one holding the stick penalty, seven roughing calls, 10 fighting majors, a 10-minute misconduct and four game misconducts. What remained on the Flyers bench at the final horn was only 12 players and two goaltenders.

It was a night that fans will go home and call all their friends and family and tell them about their experience at Philly Fight Night where the Flyers won some of the battles with their fists and, more importantly, on the scoreboard.

Here’s how the third period looked in penalties:



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