The first will be to Emery for his two fighting majors. I will go with one game. The second will be to Mair for going after Spezza. And while the NHL wants you to think that it is going to start letting the players police themselves, that couldn't be any further from the truth. Remember Donald Brashear going after Vishnevski in response to a cheap hit by Andy Sutton? Same thing here. There is no difference. Brashear got one game and I wouldn't be surprised at all to see Mair get one as well. Finally, Andrew Peters will get one game for fighting Emery. Why you ask? Your guess is as good as mine. But probably for some general reason like, "Mr. Peter's actions were unacceptable by NHL standards."
One of the best parts of a brawl are the post game comments and quotes. Let's take a peak at what was said:
Note: Should anyone from Ottawa be suspended, or should Brian Murray get brave, the Sens have four capable tough guys in their system... Danny Bois, Mike Sgroi, Serge Payer, and Jamie Allison. Should Mair or Peters be told to sit a game, don't be surprised to see Stefan Mayer get the call.
"Emotions were running high . . . It didn't matter who was on the ice, anybody would've responded," said Biron, who was ejected along with Emery and Buffalo tough guy Andrew Peters. "That was really satisfying. "And it's satisfying to see the way we played after that."
"I put out skill players and he sends out the five guys on his team that are going to start a fight," Murray said, referring to Ruff. He then accused the Sabres coach of ordering his players to
start the fight.
Ruff's answer to that was: "I'm not going to comment what I had on my mind." After pausing, Ruff added: "Go out and run 'em."
Sabres right wing Patrick Kaleta said, "It was a lot faster, quicker - passes were on the tape." "Its a great game to be a part of, whole bunch of stuff went on and hopefully I can say up here and make a lot more memories." Patrick's father, Tom Kaleta, said, "I knew he was gonna hit some people. That's his game. Having a point his first game was odd. I wasn't expecting that, so it was kinda nice."
"The hit is obviously something the other team is going to react to," Emery said. "I think it's healthy for the game, as long as people don't get hurt. I think it was a fun game to play."
"It was a clean hit. Everyone has seen it," Neil said. "When you're out in the heat of the battle, you're not sure what happens. The ref asked me, 'Did you get him with your elbow?' and I was pretty sure I didn't. It was all shoulder."
"My take on it, it was a late hit, a dirty hit," said Ruff, who, after the game, backed off his claim that it had been an elbow. "We can't respond any other way. I was so proud. I don't condone the tail end of it, with Andrew (Peters), but the players did the right thing."
"I thought it was embarrassing. I think there should be suspensions and there probably will be," Murray said. "Lindy kept complaining that it was an elbow, but Drury's helmet wasn't done up properly. And then Lindy sends out five guys and suckers some of our skilled players. "Obviously, they were told to do it, and that's disappointing. It was a fair hit."
"I don't know if it's going to be different, but you'll see (Senators tough guy Brian McGrattan) in the lineup," Emery said. "There's probably a little bit of a revenge factor. "You can't just sit down after their tough guys went after our skilled players."
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