Pittsburgh Penguins: Why the Brent Johnson Goalie Fight Is Great for the NHL

February 4th, 2011 by Mark Lesko Leave a reply »
Ever since the NHL lockout in 2004, the NHL has been slowly working its way back into the national spotlight.

On Wednesday night, a fight broke out between Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Brent Johnson and New York Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro.

Goalie fights used to be very common in the golden days of hockey but not recently.

A good goalie fight has not occurred since Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche and Chris Osgood of the Detroit Red Wings fought every time they played each other it seemed.

Some people (crazy people) think fighting is bad for the game. I disagree. I think fighting is a part of the game and it is vital for getting the game back to the national spotlight.

Whether people want to admit it or not, Americans want to see violence and excitement in sporting events. Outside of the die hard hockey fans, regular Americans who attend hockey games do not appreciate the subtle nuances of hockey.

Regular Americans want to drink beer, eat nachos and watch the checking and fighting. By the way, there is nothing wrong with that; I enjoy a cold beverage or two while I attend sporting eve ...

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