Sep 7 03:43 ET (later updated)
|This should be a bench clearing brawl.|
From The Vancouver Province:
The game was an unusually quiet one until, after 30 minutes, Vancouver's Gregg Boddy and Philadelphia's Bill Flett triggered a brawl that produced a total of 90 minutes in penalties. The penalties included game misconducts to Boddy, Vancouver backup goalie Gary Smith, Philadelphia's Bob Schultz (sic) and Flyers' backup goalie Bobby Taylor.
The fight - there were four separate scraps - got the sellout crowd of 17,007 fired up but it was the Canucks who appeared they might be stirred to a third period comeback.
Then the game was interrupted for almost 20 minutes at 13:01 by the brawl.
It started when Flett stuck his stick between Boddy's legs as the play swung out of the Flyers' end.
"I got browned off because I couldn't move, so I hit him on the back and on the head with my stick," said Boddy.
In the fight, the Vancouver left winger hammered Flett with several hard punches and finally knocked him to the ice with a crunching right hand. At the point Shultz (sic) went into an hysterical act as he tried to get at Boddy.
When he succeeded, they exchanged several punches before Boddy lost his balance and they fell to the ice.
Smith went onto the ice after that altercation - automatically drawing a double minor and game misconduct for being the first man off the bench - and his teammates followed him. The Flyers also left their bench.
After a great deal of milling around and name calling, Bob (Mad Dog) Kelly of Philadelphia invited Vancouver rookie right winger Dennis Ververgaert to a battle.
They dropped their gloves and pummelled each other at close quarter for some time.
"I didn't know how he fought," said Ververgaert, "and I let him get in too close. He went at me like a machine gun."
After those two were separated, it was Smith's turn to fight with Taylor.
"I hit him about five good ones," said the Vancouver goalie, "but then somebody tripped me and we fell to the ice."
Surprisingly, after referee Brian Lewis finally got things straightened away and the game restarted, it was resumed as a tame affair.