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Sunday, April 20, 2014

This Day in NHL History 1984

April 20

It was thirty years ago that the worst hockey brawl (worst=best) in playoff history. The Good Friday Massacre, The Battle of Quebec or Le Bataille du Vendredi Saint. Call it what you will but this was one for the ages. Montreal vs Quebec, English vs French. And brother vs brother. And it didn't take long in game six to start. 23 seconds and Mike McPhee and Wild Paiement had the first fight. Quebec scored and had a 1-0 lead nearing the end of the second period. As time expired, Dale Hunter took Guy Carbonneau to the ice, which led to Chris Nilan going after Hunter. Time having expired meant both teams were on the ice and a forty man melee ensued.

"Here she goes again" announced play by play man Bob Cole. The fighting started again as the third period was set to commence. For some reason, the ejected players were let back on the ice.
Even though the Nordiques scored again, it was all Montreal as they took the game 5-3 and the series.

 The rest of t he final tally.
252 PIM and 10 ejections.

If you've never seen it, it's something to see. And if you've seen it before, it's memory time.

Watch the action here.

3 Canadians and 3 Nordiques who played prominent roles in this.

Happy Easter to all who celebrate.

1 comment:

  1. One of the best brawl videos out there. I couldn't tell you how many times I've watched it..