During the Flames-Knights game on Wednesday night a brawl broke out after Matthew Tkachuk skated into Marc-Andre Fleury, and we almost got a goalie fight.
Marc-Andre Fleury set his stick on the ice, but and shook his blocker, while having a stare-down with David Rittich.
But Rittich toed the (blue) line, and even though he looked ready to go, he didn’t cross it.
The fight started because Matthew Tkachuk ran Fleury in the blue paint.
Fleury emerged from the ensuing scrum and gestured to Rittich that he was willing to fight, but Rittich, instead, decided to stare daggers at MAF.
MAF talked about the near-fight after the game with reporters.
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What happened when you put your stick down. What was going on there?
Marc-Andre Fleury: “I thought he wanted to fight because he came out. Then I went to see and he didn’t want to. That was fine. Wasn’t a big deal.”
Did you say anything to him?
Marc-Andre Fleury: “No, no! He was too far away. He was way too far to talk.”
Would you have?
Marc-Andre Fleury: “Talked to him?”
No, fought him.
Marc-Andre Fleury: “Yeah. I thought he was coming, smiles It’s a part of the game sometimes things happen. It’s fine. All that matters is we won the game.”
Even though Rittich made 36 saves, the Knights won by a score of 2-1. The victory moved Fleury up to eighth on all-time wins list, tied with Jacques Plante.
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