Thursday, November 13, 2008

Clutterbuck vs. Gretzky

Wow. Helluva a Wild game tonight against Phoenix. 4-0 domination that had Gretzky red in the face and saying his team played like Juniors after the game. But, of course, the highlight for me is that Cal REALLY got under the Yotes' skin, leading to a fight against Keith Yandle (whom Cal probably started pissing off last year in Houston), and he drew a critical penalty that led to a goal. Clearly his best game in the NHL.

Here's the video of the fight. Apparently Gretz was screaming at him after the fight for leaving his lid on with a visor on it. I'd like you to note the point before the fight where Cal unsnaps his helmet and offers to take it off, but Yandle doesn't respond in kind, so he leaves it on. That was a perfectly reasonable decision IMO. Why leave yourself vulnerable if the other guy isn't going to man up?



Awesome.

Updated:
From Shipley's blog (who always makes me want donuts):

Cal Clutterbuck had his first fight of the season, giving Keith Yandle the business in a short bout early in the third period. Clutterbuck was so full of adrenaline, he nearly skated through the glass on his way to the penalty box.

“I was excited; it’s been a while since I’ve fought anybody,” he said. “It’s good to get that monkey off your back. It’s kind of like scoring a goal; you don’t fight for a while, you start doubting yourself. It’s good to get out there and just get into it again.”

Clutterbuck said he put a couple of good licks on Derek Morris to draw the ire of Yandle, but noted their relationship goes back to the AHL, when Clutterbuck was in Houston and Yandle was in San Antonio.
And here's the HockeyFights.com page for the bout.

Couple of nice pics of the fight here.

3 comments:

hipcheck  November 14, 2008 at 1:59 PM  

For looking like a felon, Yandle sure can't fight. Clutterbuck was lucky Carcillo wasn't playing.

MN played a good game. I have my entry half written. I just couldn't finish it last night.

Ms. Conduct  November 14, 2008 at 2:03 PM  

Hmm, I actually was thinking, "Oh, that Yandle's kinda cute." as he was getting his ear relocated by Cal. :)

And yeah, I am VERY glad Carcillo wasn't playing. I'm guessing Gretz won't sit him against the Wild next time. (Or is he injured?)

hipcheck  November 14, 2008 at 4:25 PM  

A couple of my friends think he is cute too. We all joke that he is a hitman in the offseason though. And that boy cannot take a good picture if his life depended on it.

We are not 100% sure what is going on with Carcillo. He did take a stupid penalty and a puck to his face against the Sharks. On the last couple of broadcasts they have mentioned a "nagging" injury and we did notice he was favoring his left leg/foot. So it might have been a combo of a warning from Gretz and injuries.

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