On the next faceoff, the puck is dropped, Mair goes at Jason Spezza, cross-checking him and trying to get him to fight. Sabres' enforcer Andrew Peters goes after Dany Heatley. Everybody joins the pile up with Mair and Spezza besides Peters, Heatley and the goalies. Ray Emery and Martin Biron shed the masks and gloves. They meet and exchange punches. Emery won that one. After that, Peters is making his way to the penalty box (where Emery and Biron were). Peters and Emery get together, grab each other and start exchanging punches. It was mostly Peters throwing punches at Emery. After everyone is broken apart from each other the camera focuses on the benches with the coaches, Lindy Ruff and Brian Murray screaming and swearing at each other. Ruff tries to make his way to Murray but can't get to him as he slips between the benches where Sabres TV guy Rob Ray is standing and enjoying the verbal war between Ruff and Murray.
View the videos of the Chris Neil hit and the line brawl below. Wow what a line brawl that was. The first one this year I believe (I may be wrong about that). These two teams play Saturday night and look for McGrattan to be dressed and in the lineup for that game. Hopefully Gary Bettman doesn't ruin things and suspend Mair and/or Peters and/or Neil. If you want fans to watch the games, there needs to be more of this kind of action.
Does anyone think that Neil's hit on Drury was dirty? What was Murray thinking by putting out all of the skilled players, and not any tougher Senators before that line brawl ensued? Do you think Peters should have not fought Emery? Anyone think any of these guys will be suspended for Saturday's game? I hope not!
Chris Neil lays out Chris Drury and then fights Drew Stafford
Next faceoff after the Neil hit on Drury, Mair goes after Spezza, Peters goes after Heatley, Emery vs Biron, then Peters fights Emery