Thursday, February 3, 2011

Kerrzy’s Notebook: Goalie Fights!

Who knew Brent Johnson was a masher?!

The Pittsburgh Penguins backup made 20 stops in a 3-0 win over the NY Islanders on Wednesday night at the Consol Energy Center, but failed to earn his second shutout of the season. Why, you ask?

Somebody turned the “Lights Out” with less than 17 seconds to go!

It all started when Pens forward Matt Cooke bumped into Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro late in the game, which led to some pushing and shoving in the NY zone. It also led to Brent Johnson taking a leisurely skate down the ice to have a little chat with his fellow netminder.

From what I can gather, DiPietro was trying to learn how to spell his name using Morse code and had asked Johnson how to write the letter “E.” Being the great teacher that he is, he even had a second one waiting for DiPietro just incase he didn’t get it the first time around!

Seriously though, how awesome is that? I think it’s time to bestow a cool nickname on Brent Johnson: The Jackhammer? Brent “Leave ‘em Bent” Johnson? What do you think?

As great as that “fight” was, I have to say that my favorite part of the video is actually what one of the commentators says about Rick DiPietro:

“With all of Rick’s assorted physical problems I don’t know why, other than the obvious answer which would be abject frustration, he felt he needed to do this…but when you’re Rick and you’ve had the physical situations that he’s had in the past – I can understand him trying to make a point – but there might be other ways to do it.”

As for Johnson, he told reporters after the game that it’s something he’s wanted to do for a while:

“The guys didn’t know I had that little mean streak in me. It was something I’ve kind of wanted to do for a while. Maybe it’s just a little bit of frustration about some things.”

Well, I think we can all agree that one goalie fight is never enough, which is why the rest of this blog will feature some other great moments in puck stopping pugilism!

You remember Ray Emery, right? The poor guy had a potentially career-ending hip injury recently after a pretty decent season with the Flyers in 2009-10. He’s now done his rehab and is trying to make it back to the big leagues once again, and I really hope he does. For one, because he can throw down with the best of them!

Don’t forget this AHL tilt with Josh Gratton!

Of course, you can’t talk about goalie fights without bringing up that Avalanche/Red Wings rivalry of the late 1990’s! In 1997, it was Colorado’s Patrick Roy taking on Detroit’s Mike Vernon (while Claude Lemieux gets peppered by Darren McCarty):

One year later, it was Roy and Wings goalie Chris Osgood!

Like father, like son?

One of the biggest goalie scrappers of all time has to be Philadelphia’s Ron Hextall, but I don’t think he knew what he was getting into when he decided to shed the mitts with Toronto’s Felix Potvin back in ‘96. I’ll be honest, I don’t think anyone knew that Potvin could throw!

We’ll end with this one: Here’s Dan Cloutier (during his time with the NY Rangers) putting a licking on Islanders (and future Oilers) goalie Tommy Salo:

Beauty! If you’ve made it this far, I’ve got a question for you: Who is the toughest goalie of all time? (Leave me a comment!)

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