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Opening Night – Opening Fights



Resident tough guys Colton Orr and George Parros kicked things off with a bang on NHL opening night this past Tuesday night inside of the Bell Centre. These two are no strangers to one another, Jim Hughson tells us that this was their 7th battle to be exact. They’ve been mixing it up since their AHL days when Orr suited up for the Marlies and Parros for the Monarchs, respectively.

I think it’s pretty clear that Parros is the winner here. He softens Orr up with some body shots and gets him down twice, finishing the fight on top. Unfortunately things don’t end so well for Parros on the night. Let’s check out the first fight before we get into that.

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There are freak accidents, and there are freak accidents. Let’s clear one thing up right off the hop here before we go any further. As a fan of fighting in this sport and what it represents, none of us, and I think I can speak for all hockey fans here, none of us enjoy moments like this. This was one of those freak things that, well, we can’t deny happen every once in a blue moon whenever competition is involved. All of that said, I can guarantee you that no one feels as bad about it as Colton Orr. The video does the talking.

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As of now, according to the Canadiens, Parros has been released from the hospital after suffering a concussion from the fight. He will be out indefinitely. We here at Fight Booth wish Parros the best. The guy is everything we love in a hockey player. His stache is the best in the league since Lanny McDonald and the things he does off the ice make him just an all around solid guy. Saying he’s great for the sport would be a gross understatement.

Also of note, Jarred Tinordi (son of former North Stars D-Man Mark Tinordi) and Carter Ashton (son of the most traded player in history, Brent Ashton) throw down before Parros goes down and Tinordi clearly comes out with the W. You’re gonna see these guys mix it up a couple more times before the season comes to a close.

All in all it was a great night of fights marred by a very unfortunate incident. We look forward to Parros coming back and throwing down with Orr once again. Not so strangely enough, Parros was the reason Orr was forced to cut his 2010-11 season short due to a concussion suffered in a fight against Parros. Hopefully one day upon retiring these two men can share a couple of shots of Jack together while reliving their violent history together.

Before we go, we leave you with arguably the fight of the night: Mark Fraser vs. Travis Moen – enjoy

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Albeit short, it has all of the elements of a great hockey fight. We score it as a draw. Tell us how you have it, and how you feel overall about fighting in the NHL in the comment section below. That’s what it’s there for.

image via Yahoo!

all fights via hockeyfightsdotcom