As we head towards the offseason in the NHL, our friends over at Hockeyfights.com have taken some time to go through all the Network Sites to rank the top three fights of each according to the fans on HF. The first in this series begins with the CanucksArmy crew.
The Canucks found themselves in the lower half of the fighting majors ranking this season with a total of 13 fights. The most common pugilist for the year was Erik Gudbranson with three tilts under his belt. Antoine Roussel and Darren Archibald each had two of their own. The rivalry list was a tie between San Jose, Anaheim, and Boston. The San Jose and Anaheim makes sense as Pacific division rivals, but the Bruins also having two fights against the Canucks was a bit surprising.
Let’s have a look at the top three fights of the season for the Canucks this year:
Bo Horvat knocks down Joakim Nordstrom with a clean hit and Noel Acciari almost immediately springs in to defend his teammate. The fight starts off with Bo getting the best of Accari with some nice spin work before the punches start flying. After that it’s all Horvat landing punches before Acciari finally just goes down.
Decision: Horvat 88.6%
Michael Haley was last year’s HockeyFight champion with a whopping 22 fights, nine more fights than the next highest total (Cody McLeod and Tom Wilson – 13). This season Haley was involved in only five fights, and off the faceoff he and Erik Gudbranson square off and a little sizing up before getting to the fight. A ton of “rabbit punches” by Gudbranson from the collar of Haley were what scored here. Erik did well to keep his larger wingspan to his advantage. A whole lot of missed haymakers and swings later the two go down.
Decision: Gudbranson 67.2%
For the top fight of the season, we have to travel back to the very first game of the season against the Flames of Calgary. Travis Hamonic decides to take on the man and Gudbranson ends that pretty quickly with a huge uppercut that put Hamonic out for weeks afterward. Gudbranson is a bad man.
Decision: Gudbranson 96.7%