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If there is one thing that hockey does better than any other sport, it’s fights. Few other sports have yearly montages of players duking it out, and few modern sports are quite so brutal! That’s why we have compiled our list of the top 5 best NHL fights, for your viewing pleasure!
#5. PJ Stock vs. Stephen Peat
We kick off our list, or should we say opening face off, of the best NHL fights with this insane duel between Stock and Peat (Washington Capitals). The two come to blows away from the run of play, before exchanging a frenzy of blows that both amazingly walked away from!
The fight did nothing but elevate Stock in the hearts and minds of Boston Bruins fans, and was a frequent question of many interviews for years to come.
#4. Aaron Downey vs. Jesse Boulerice
Number 4 on our list of the best NHL fights has to be Aaron Downey’s famous one punch knockout of Jesse Boulerice when the Carolina Hurricanes took on the Dallas Stars. After all, it’s not often you see a straight knockout in any sport, let alone the NHL.
The mighty swing left Boulerice concussed and with a broken jaw, that saw him needing a night in hospital.
#3. Marty McSorley vs. Bob Probert
If anything this was more of a heavyweight title fight, than one of the best NHL fights. Probert (Detroit Red Wings) was the proverbial champion, and McSorley (Pittsburgh Penguins) the challenger, so when the two got into a dust up everyone else just sat back to watch them go.
The fight lasted for close to 90 seconds, an eternity in NHL terms, and even the referee was cautious of breaking the two up, for fear of a stray elbow or fist taking him out.
The best part of the video is arguably the players on the bench getting up to sneak a better look at the two.
#2. Stan Johnson vs. Pierre Bouchard
Considering the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens claim to have the fiercest rivalry in the entire NHL, we can expect things to get a little heated at times, and deliver at least one of the best NHL fights.
In May 1978, they hit boiling point.
During a scrappy match Boston Bruin’s Stan Jonathan took on the heavyweight Pierre Bouchard (Canadiens), pitting the most determined fighter against the toughest guy. The rest is as they say, history.
#1. Ottawa Senators vs. Philadelphia Flyers
To call this one of the best NHL fights would be the understatement of the century; a full scale pitched battle erupted in the regular season game and it is one hell of a spectacle.
In the dying moments of the game, Donald Brasher (Philadelphia Flyers) and Rob Ray (Ottawa Senators) squared up, after the former hit Ray with his stick. It wasn’t long until both benches, and both teams had joined the melee, resulting in a record 419 penalty minutes being dished out.
The press were quick to remind fans of the Philadelphia Flyers rough history. During the 1970’s the team was dubbed the “Broad Street Bullies” thanks to their extremely physical style, and it seems like that day the spirit of the 70’s was alive and thriving in them.
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