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Video- Darnell Nurse Sends A Message

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

Many fans, including Edmonton Oilers fans, were upset that Nurse would attack Polak, who it turns out had little or nothing to do with Hendricks crashing.

I saw the fight differently.

First, from Nurse’s perspective, Polak had tried to injure Hendricks, so the motivation for payback was there. No doubt, Nurse went after Polak and instigated the fight.

But while many fans, including me, might hope that the National Hockey League came down harder on fighting and on-ice violence, that’s not the reality of the league. The facts on the ice are that the NHL lets all kinds of fouling go on and often the nastiest of fouls are only punished with a slap. In that atmosphere, the law of the jungle prevails. Teams that foul, play nasty, bend and break the rules and intimidate have a decided advantage. For years, the Oilers have been prey and not predators in this world. They have been beat up, banged up, assaulted and intimated. But new Oilers players like Nurse, Zack Kassian, Eric Gryba and Patrick Maroon are starting to change that equation. They’re going after opposing players for real (and perceived) acts of violence against the Oilers. They’re starting to intimidate.

If you watched how Mark Messier and Chris Pronger on the Oilers, you’ll know just how important it is for a team to have this kind of reckless and nasty menace in the line-up, especially if that player can also play the game.


Watch the fight below...

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Reading a few tweets from media types this morning, some saying Hendricks fell before the Polak hit.

I tried to find a video of it but no luck.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/09/16 at 08:10 AM ET


A friend of mine sent me this, Paul:


Pollak barely touches Hendricks.

It’s absolutely amazing that Pollak got a fighting penalty and that Nurse didn’t get an instigator.

What a joke.

Posted by Garth on 03/09/16 at 08:55 AM ET

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Thanks Garth.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/09/16 at 08:57 AM ET


Wow!  I want Nurse on the Penguins.  That was great.  From the video posted, I can’t say that Pollak barely touches Hendricks or not, but it was great that Nurse stepped up and took care of it. 

Nurse wouldn’t have to do that if the NHL actually did its job.  But they don’t.  Hopefully a few more bloodbath type brawls will open up the eyes of the NHL and start real change that eliminates the idiots from the game.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 03/09/16 at 09:17 AM ET


Nurse wouldn’t have to do that if the NHL actually did its job.

Since you couldn’t see in the video, maybe you shouldn’t pass judgement.

Pollak barely touched Hendricks.  At all.

If you’re looking at last night’s Sharks/Oilers game for people to eliminate from the game it’s the morons like Nurse who jump a guy that did nothing wrong.

Posted by Garth on 03/09/16 at 09:52 AM ET


This play baffles me.  Fighting has a place in the game, but this wasn’t a fight it was a mugging.

I understand that Nurse believes Polak boarded Hendricks, which was false, and wants to stand up for his teammate—but to jump an unsuspecting guy who is going off on a line change is gutless.  I don’t mind Nurse wanting to challenge Polak to a fight, but he didn’t want a fair fight, which to me is cowardly.

The fact that Polak never even dropped his gloves and he still gets a fighting major and Nurse doesn’t get the instigator was a terrible oversight by the officials. 

Looking forward to the Sharks taking another two points off the Oilers in a couple weeks.

Stay classy Edmonton.

Posted by fallenaeon on 03/09/16 at 04:02 PM ET


Not the slightest bit impressed.

Everyone knows Polak is a big, strong, tough defenseman who occasionally fights
and takes his lumps but is not a pugilist.

Nurse is not that tough by the standards of the league and if he keeps up this
act, he’ll run into some guys who will do the same to him.

Nurse’s real punishment will be the dozens of concussions he’ll likely get in the process.


Posted by Lefty30 on 03/09/16 at 07:31 PM ET

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