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Sabres respond with quick fights vs. Lucic, Chara

Posted on: November 23, 2011 8:16 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2011 12:44 am
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By Brian Stubits

Milan Lucic expected it. Just about everybody who has seen a hockey game before was expecting it. It didn't take long to make it fait accompli.

What's it? In case you have been under a rock, that would be some retaliation on the Bruins' Lucic for the hit that left Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller on the shelf with a concussion. The Sabres, Paul Gaustad in particular, admitted to their embarrassment at the response, or lack thereof, in the game earlier in November. Consider Wednesday's rematch a second chance for the Sabres. And they seized the opportunity.

Not even two minutes into the game, Lucic made his first appearance in the game, going on the ice before a faceoff. Naturally, Gaustad was sent out immediately afterward and the two had some words before the faceoff. Then this happened.

That might be why the Sabres didn't have much of a response in the first place. Lucic gave to Gaustad pretty good. But the deed was done. It's not really about if you take the other guy down, it's that you try to take him down.

"It was an unfortunate incident in Boston," Gaustad said. "I give credit to Milan for fighting. It's something where guys don't have to. He did."

So that was it, right? The Sabres got their retribution? You know better than that.

After a hit behind Tim Thomas' net, another scrap unfolded. There was lots of action, but the stand-alone fight belonged to Robyn Regehr challenging Zdeno Chara.

That one, too, turned out just about how you'd imagine: squarely in the Bruins' favor.

Regehr deserves some major credit for showing the fortitude -- or some might say stupidity -- to challenge Chara to a fight. You don't see Big Z fight often, and that's just because nobody really wants to go a round with the monster. Well Regehr did, and it's just good that Chara let up at the end of the fight.

The intensity remained for the entire game. Just check out Brad Marchand's reaction to the Buffalo bench after scoring a goal later in the game. Yea, this is pretty heated right now.

Sometimes games live up to the expectations. Considering this was the expectation, mission complete.

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Comments

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2011 5:25 pm
 

Sabres respond with quick fights vs. Lucic, Chara

elhefe,  for future reference please do not include the letters N-B-A (in that sequence) when responding to a discussion regarding hockey (in all forms), whether it be professional, minor-league, neighborhood pond hockey or youth hockey, for that matter.  it is incredibly disrespectful to us hockey fans.  thank you. that is all.



Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2011 5:18 pm
 

Sabres respond with quick fights vs. Lucic, Chara

i agrre with Ace.  and Marchand (63) is a little tw@t.  he was unloading some punches on Gerbe who was down on the ice at the bottom of the pile.  then when he started getting a beating from Gaustad, and was pulled away by the ref, he whined like a little sissy-boy.  Marchand is a scumbag and he should stay out of the scraps from now on and keep hiding behind Lucic, Chara and Mcquaid or he will end up being exposed for the faux tough-guy he actually is.  just because you play on a team loaded with some hockey toughs, it doesn't make YOU a bad-a$$.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2011 4:47 pm
 

Sabres respond with quick fights vs. Lucic, Chara

Lucic wasn't so tough when George Laraque challanged him to a fight a few years ago, he turned his back and ran away.

Yeah right, thanks for the laugh.  Ever think Lucic doesn't wanna waste his time and end up in the penalty box fighting one of the worst players in the NHL?  What kind of trade off is that?  



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: November 24, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Sabres respond with quick fights vs. Lucic, Chara

charra is a monster, but 54 on boston was a huge biotch in that 2nd scrum.... he wasd like the 4th man in and he came from behind to cross check some guy in the back of the head.  to bad buffalo cant fight lol 


likemetodo
Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: November 24, 2011 12:08 pm
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Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2011 10:04 am
 

Sabres respond with quick fights vs. Lucic, Chara

Lucic wasn't so tough when George Laraque challanged him to a fight a few years ago, he turned his back and ran away.



Since: Jan 31, 2010
Posted on: November 24, 2011 12:38 am
 

Sabres respond with quick fights vs. Lucic, Chara

To the Buffalo Sabres, if you really want to get Boston back take a run at Tim Thomas and  put him out for a couple of weeks, otherwise youre really not getting them back. As for the fighting in Hockey you have to love it. I loved it when i played, and  I love watching it on tv.Buffalo you need to bring some big tough guys up from minors for next game because im sorry to say that was kind of embarrasing. In order to counter Bostons 4 guys on your 1 guy  fights you have to have someone to take on four guys or your not going to win in that department.


TDAISON
Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 11:14 pm
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Since: Jan 28, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 11:04 pm
 

Sabres respond with quick fights vs. Lucic, Chara

Lets see.  If you throw a punch in the NFL or NBA you get tossed.  In hockey you get a penalty, not tossed.  Seems fairly simple to me that it is part of the game.  You threw the race card in it so it must be your problem.  Not the hockey fans.




Since: Jan 31, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 10:50 pm
 

Sabres respond with quick fights vs. Lucic, Chara

personally hockey fights are as bad as MMA but your a knob, look within and see what you are writing. NBA fights?? NFL fights? seriously


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