Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/12/12 at 12:44 PM ET
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
From high in the rafters of the Montreal Forum, an organist plays a lovely little number once made popular by polkameister Frankie Yankovic. The song’s unsung lyrics are, “Somewhere my love, there will be songs to sing ...”
Down on the ice, before the start of Game 6 of the Prince of Wales Conference final, there is no love, only clots of anger and ugly welts of violence. Players are fighting. Players are streaming out of their dressing rooms to join in. Chris Nilan of the Montreal Canadiens is battling Dave Brown of the Philadelphia Flyers. Brown isn’t wearing a jersey, shoulder pads or undershirt. Nilan has precious little to hold on to as the two exchange bare-knuckle greeting cards.
Nowhere to be seen as the organist plays on is a referee or linesman. It is a melee that would have made the Flyers’ forefathers – the original Broad Street Bullies – flush with pride. They were the ones who took the game into a dark corner and beat the living daylights out of it, winning two Stanley Cups in the process.
continued and watch the CBC french version of the pre-game fights below…
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