Mar 10, 1985
Buffalo - Los Angeles4-4 OT

Summary Of Events
1  14:38  Rough  Ramsey-Sykes
2  25:08  Scrum    
3  34:00  Rough  Ramsey-Shutt
4  36:27  Scrum    
5  41:03  Scrum    
6  47:08  Fight  Peterson-Nicholls
7  49:27  Scrum    
8  49:27  Fight  Cyr-Miller
9  51:38  Fight  McKenna-Smith
10  56:00  Event    
11  56:07  Fight  Playfair-MacLellan
12  56:07  Bench-Clearing Brawl    
13  56:07  Fight  Foligno-Galley
14  56:07  Fight  Barrasso-Janecyk
15  56:07  Abuse   1 player 

Rough at 14:38
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 Mike Ramsey 6'3'' 5190lb 10None
 Phil Sykes 5'10'' 5180lb 10


Scrum at 25:08
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Duration N/A  Paul Cyr  Larry Playfair  John Tucker     Bernie Nicholls  Terry Ruskowski  Jay Wells   
# Players Involved: N/A
Blood: N/A
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Samuelsson
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Sep 14, 2016 12:47 ET
Good scrum in the corner of Sabres zone. Fun 
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vsurov2
Nov 2, 2016 05:46 ET
Larry Playfair - roughing.Reply


Rough at 34:00
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 Mike Ramsey 6'3'' 4190lb 10N/A
 Steve Shutt 5'11'' 4180lb 10
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Samuelsson
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Sep 14, 2016 12:58 ET
Quick pushing and shoving in the corner of Sabres zone. Fun 
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vsurov2
Nov 2, 2016 05:40 ET
Steve Shutt - holding.Reply


Scrum at 36:27
Buffalo PlayersLos Angeles Players
Duration N/A  David Fenyves  Gilles Hamel  Sean McKenna  Bob Mongrain  Jim Schoenfeld     Brian Engblom  Garry Galley  Bernie Nicholls  Phil Sykes  Jay Wells   
# Players Involved: N/A
Blood: N/A
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Sep 14, 2016 13:05 ET
Pretty good big scrum on blueline. Fun 
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vsurov2
Nov 2, 2016 05:41 ET
Jim Schoenfeld - slashing.Reply


Scrum at 41:03
Buffalo PlayersLos Angeles Players
Duration N/A  Mike Foligno  Mike Ramsey  Lindy Ruff     Mark Hardy  Rick Lapointe  Terry Ruskowski   
# Players Involved: N/A
Blood: None
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Vest
Oct 29, 2013 05:08 ET
Mike Ramsey (Buffalo) & Terry Ruskowski (Los Angeles) - 2 min. roughingReply


Fight at 47:08
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Duration N/AThrownLanded   Big   
 Brent Peterson 6'0''  190lb 5N/AN/AN/AN/A
 Bernie Nicholls 6'0''  185lb 5N/AN/AN/A
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 EC
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May 11, 2009 20:23 ET
Draw Fun 
1
Brent Peterson and Bernie Nicholls engage in a fight while the play is on the opposite side of the ice. When the camera gets there the 2 are in tight quarters and they quickly fall to the ice. No punches were thrown or at least the camera didn't catch any.

Draw the 2 fell down immediately and didn't have time to do anything.


Scrum at 49:27
Buffalo PlayersLos Angeles Players
Duration N/A  Paul Cyr  Larry Playfair  John Tucker     Brian Engblom  John-Paul Kelly  Bob Miller  Phil Sykes   
# Players Involved: N/A
Blood: N/A
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Sep 14, 2016 13:19 ET
The medium scrum before the fight. Fun 
2


Fight at 49:27
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Duration N/AThrownLanded   Big   
 Paul Cyr 5'10''  185lb 10N/AN/AN/AN/A
 Bob Miller 5'10''  175lb 10N/AN/AN/A
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May 11, 2009 20:26 ET
Paul Cyr clear win Fun 
4
A big scrum develops with Larry Playfair in the midst of it. Cyr is trying to get to one of the Kings when Miller comes over. They have a chat and Miller attempts to hold Cyr back. Cyr doesn't like this and he shoves Miller. The gloves fly off and Cyr pumps Miller with 4 hard rights. Miller gets in close and Cyr falls backwards down to the ice with Miller on top.

Cyr lands the only punches to win the fight.
WanderingEye
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Mar 22, 2005 20:01 ET
Paul Cyr clear win Fun 
5
A scrum develops with Playfair in the middle of it. Somewhere in there, Cyr shoves Miller. They drop the gloves and grab on. Cyr throws four hard, fast rights, landing three of them, and Miller tackles him to the ice.
michiann
3648 fight reviews

Nov 22, 2012 03:09 ET
Paul Cyr clear win Fun 
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A separate scrum sees Miller slightly pushing Cyr away from it. Cyr doesn't like his insistence, so he drops the gloves and swings in rapid fashion, landing 3 facial-puncghes but its not known if they marginally or fully connected on the face of Miller. Miller then tackles Cyr down to the ice in order to end the punching by Cyr. Clear win for Cyr.
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kmyeakel
Oct 5, 2011 21:13 ET
You have Play-by-play Bob Miller announing Kings player Bob Miller's fight.Reply


Fight at 51:38
HeightWeightPunchesBlood
Duration N/AThrownLanded   Big   
 Sean McKenna 6'0'' 1185lb 5N/AN/AN/AN/A
 Doug Smith 5'11'' 1180lb 5N/AN/AN/A
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May 11, 2009 20:33 ET
Sean McKenna clear win Fun 
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Players gather in front of the Sabres net. A fight breaks out between Sean McKenna and Doug Smith. The 2 both throw rights for a few seconds and they land pretty evenly. Smith loses his helmet during this exchange. McKenna then lands one that causes Smith to slip to his knees but he recovers. McKenna takes advantage though by landing 3 more rights before they fall to the ice.

McKenna landed more and took over the fight to win it.
WanderingEye
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Mar 22, 2005 19:57 ET
Sean McKenna clear win Fun 
7
This fight starts out of a big pile-up. It's toe to toe with the rights for a few seconds, then McKenna catches him with one and Smith falls to a knee. He gets back up, but McKenna hammers him with a few more rights, and down they go.


Event at 56:00
Buffalo PlayersLos Angeles Players
Duration N/A  Dave Maloney     Anders Hakansson  Steve Shutt   
# Players Involved: N/A
Blood: N/A
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racersno5clackson
Sep 14, 2016 11:45 ET
Great shoulder hit here by the Kings' Anders Håkansson that not only levelled the Sabres' Dave Maloney but also Håkansson's teammate Steve Shutt, who was right behind Maloney chasing him. The impact of the hit on Maloney was so powerful that Maloney bounced into Shutt and levelled him as well.
This was also what started the huge brawl which occurred a few seconds later. When the whistle blew for an offside call, the Sabres' Mike Foligno, who was being a dick all night, had words with Håkansson and a moment later the huge bench-emptying brawl erupted.
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Samuelsson
Sep 14, 2016 13:33 ET
Should be changed to collision. Hakansson decked Maloney and also Shutt.Reply


Fight at 56:07
HeightWeightPunchesBlood
Duration N/AThrownLanded   Big   
 Larry Playfair 6'4'' 1215lb 5N/AN/AN/AA Bit
 Brian MacLellan 6'3'' 1210lb 5N/AN/AN/A
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 BattleshipRules
12919 fight reviews

Jul 4, 2012 21:16 ET
Brian MacLellan decisive win Fun 
8
Larry Playfair was the big bopper on the Buffalo Sabres. He was one of the best fighters in the NHL. He was never hesitant about flexing his muscles and imposing his physicality on opponents. Not surprisingly, he was a central figure in a fight-filled third period between the Sabres and the Kings.

Brian MacLellan was a big man who could really fight when the spirit moved him. He rarely dropped the gloves and did not seem to like fighting, although it was something he was very good at. He picked his spots judiciously, but he decided it was time to swap punches with vigor against Playfair.

The camera work was poor in the beginning of the bout. A fan got in the way of the televised feed. Both guys appeared to throw a couple of right hands, but it was difficult with the obstructed view to determine if anything landed. The camera shifted to another angle and the viewer could get a better look at the action.

Larry and Brian traded right hands. Playfair landed two decent right hands. MacLellan landed with better accuracy and power. He landed a good right hand. Then, he landed a hard punch that dumped Playfair to the ice. Larry got up quickly and tried to continue. Brian landed another good right and Playfair went down again. MacLellan landed another good shot while Larry was on the ice. The officials stepped in and stopped the bout. The Sabres came off the bench to come to the aid of their fallen teammate. This fight was the opening salvo of a bench-clearing brawl.

This was a decisive win for MacLellan. He landed several good shots on Playfair. He wasn't quite able to finish Larry off. The refs stopped him as he was trying to land the coup de grace. Playfair was in big trouble here and was fortunate that the zebras stepped in to save him from further punishment.

This was MacLellan's finest moment with his fists. He put a real beating on Playfair. Brian often frustrated his coaches by being so reluctant to take out the heavy artillery. MacLellan had genuine skill to go along with his great size and strength. He had some good offensive seasons in his career. Still, he frustrated observers who felt he could be one of the top power forwards in hockey.

MacLellan beat all the odds just to make it to the NHL. Chris Baker wrote an illuminating article about him in the January 27, 1985 edition of the Los Angeles Times. Baker revealed that Brian had Legg-Perthes disease. This is a degenerative bone condition that affects the hip. MacLellan actually was advised to take up playing hockey as a boy as therapy. The cool air in the hockey arena was thought to be beneficial as well.

Surprisingly, Brian's hip was not much of an issue as his career progressed. He seemed to have buzzard's luck when he suffered a broken neck as a nineteen-year old player. MacLellan was undrafted, but he made the Kings as a free agent. Brian worked hard to become a good NHL player.

MacLellan showed great determination to make it to the NHL and he became a good player. Ironically, he did not play the game with as much passion as his coaches and front office bosses desired. He was urged to use his physicality more as an asset to the teams he played on. Baker provided quotes in his article showing that the Kings wanted to see more passion on the ice from him. The team was not necessarily looking for a lot of fighting, but wanted him to throw his weight around more with hard checks.

Brian did have a good NHL career. He got his name engraved on the Stanley Cup as part of the 1988-89 Flames squad. Despite his success, hockey insiders and observers feel that he did not reach his potential as a player or a fighter. It is a mystery how a guy who showed so much determination and heart to get to the NHL could play stretches of uninspired hockey without passion. He was a good player, but he had the potential to reach even greater heights.
 srehm1
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Jul 13, 2008 17:24 ET
Brian MacLellan decisive win Fun 
8
Bodies start flying as there's an offsides call in the Sabres end. Some pushing and shoving developes as some Sabres players go after Hakensson. As this is going on Playfair and MacLellan come together.

The camera work is terrible at the outset of hostilities between these two. Both fighters appear to be firing right hand bombs at each other. They cut to a different camera and they are furiously throwing rights. Both throw two rights, with MacLellan landing his second shot. This shot rocks Playfair and actually sends him to the ice. Playfair is able to hold on with his left and pull himself back up. Maclellan keeps firing as Playfair does this. He lands two more on the now helmetless Playfair and sends him back down to the ice. Maclellan then rips off 3 or 4 more rights as Playfair is down. The linesmen then jump in.

A number of scuffles begin to break out. Suddenly it seems as if both sides had 10 players apiece out there and fighting begins to erupt all around. A real chaotic scene develops as the Kings fans were cheering Maclellan for such a resounding victory and fights were breaking out left and right. The goalies even began to go at it. The linesmen have trouble settling things down because of the constant flare ups. After awhile, things begin to calm and it gets broken up.

Decisive win for Maclellan in an upset for the ages here. Maclellan was a big, tough kid, but he was no Larry Playfair. Hard to watch Playfair get sent to the ice on two separate occasions, let alone one. It can be argued that Maclellan earned a TKO here, but I believe Playfair was overwhelmed by speed and power more then anything. The cumulative effect of these shots sent him down. Great win for Maclellan here.
JruGordon
411 fight reviews

Jul 24, 2004 23:53 ET
Brian MacLellan clear win Fun 
7
Big Mac easily handled Playfair...once it was obvious Playfair was getting smoked, the Sabres came off the bench to help him...leading to the 2 other fights listed
RedWingsWereTough
244 fight reviews

Apr 25, 2008 14:50 ET
Brian MacLellan clear win Fun 
5
This is kind of an overrated loss for Playfair. First of all, the available video of the fight is not very illuminating as the strange camera angles, so prevalent in older LA Kings home games, obscure a lot. They both appear to be throwing at short range with right hands amidst a scrum of players from both teams. It looks like Mac is landing cleaner shots, but Playfair doesnt appear to be in trouble at any time and you really can not see whats happening when the other players converge. I go just based on what is seen and what I see is a brief exchange with Mac doing better, but hardly "smoking" Playfair.
michiann
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Sep 3, 2012 16:53 ET
Brian MacLellan decisive win Fun 
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A surprise here since Playfair hardly swung and was unusually passive. MacLellan was just the opposite as he aggressivly swung away sending Playfair down to the ice on 2 separate occassions within seconds of one another. Maclellan landed a total of about 5 or 6 facial-punches. Playfair seemed to go down twice from the cumulative effects of all the punches, thus no one punch was resposible for the leveling. Refs rush in because they saw the one-sidedness of this affair.
itsJ.Millertime
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Feb 7, 2016 16:15 ET
Brian MacLellan decisive win Fun 
6
Pretty much all MacLellan here as he pounds Playfair to the ice.
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Bleak5170
Mar 7, 2013 19:28 ET
Gary Galley spoke about this incident recently and he said Playfair was pretty much K.O.'d.Reply
brawler29
Jun 15, 2015 10:39 ET
Fight starts at 0:16

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Bench-Clearing Brawl at 56:07
Buffalo PlayersLos Angeles Players
Duration N/A  Tom Barrasso  Mike Foligno  Gilles Hamel  Gilbert Perreault  Larry Playfair  Craig Ramsay  Lindy Ruff  Bob Sauve  Jim Schoenfeld     Darren Eliot  Garry Galley  Bob Janecyk  John-Paul Kelly  Rick Lapointe  Brian MacLellan  Bob Miller  Terry Ruskowski  Jay Wells   
# Players Involved: N/A
Blood: N/A
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itsJ.Millertime
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Apr 26, 2016 09:35 ET
A lot of pushing and shoving and words exchanged but only the Playfair/MacClellan fight was an actual fight. Fun 
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Disengage
Jul 18, 2007 09:33 ET
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blazer16
Jun 5, 2015 22:04 ET
Has there ever been a camera guy on the ice during a brawl? Awesome vantage point!Reply


Fight at 56:07
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Duration N/AThrownLanded   Big   
 Mike Foligno 6'2'' 2195lb 7N/AN/AN/ANone
 Garry Galley 6'0'' 2202lb 7N/AN/AN/A
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JruGordon
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Jul 24, 2004 23:53 ET
Draw Fun 
5
these 2 guys were on the ice at the time of the Big Mac/Playfair scrap, but did nothing till the benches cleared...only saw brief glimpses of it, the LA feed kept switching views...looked like an alright fight


Fight at 56:07
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Duration N/AThrownLanded   Big   
 Tom Barrasso 6'3'' 2210lb 30N/AN/AN/ANone
 Bob Janecyk 6'1'' 2180lb 30N/AN/AN/A
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JruGordon
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Jul 24, 2004 23:52 ET
Tom Barrasso decisive win Fun 
7
after the Sabres came off their bench to help Playfair, Barrasso went after Janecyk...pretty good tussle, i don't think Janecyk really wanted any of it...other player then jumped in to help Janecyk


Abuse at 56:07
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Duration N/A  Mike Foligno      
# Players Involved: 1
Blood: None
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Disengage
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Jul 17, 2007 22:35 ET
Some fans behind the bench are yelling at Mike Foligno who responds with giving them the finger and some stroking hand motions. Fun 
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