Since fighting is a dying aspect of the NHL we'll use this time to remember the great fights and fighters in hockey. This inaugural edition will honor Bob Gassoff, "Gasser" to those who follow the Blues, in a battle with the Big Bad Bruins. Feel free to jump in with comments on the fighters or the fight, the more the merrier. Even pokes at the poor linesmen and ref are welcome.
Feb 7, 1974. St. Louis Blues vs.Boston Bruins. Lou Angotti, Gary Doak, Johnny Bucyk, Gregg Sheppard, Dallas Smith, Lou Angotti, Bob Plager, Glen Sather, Bob Gassoff, Fred O'Donnell and Floyd Thomson in a line brawl.
This one starts off as a scrum behind the Bruins net after Lou Angotti and Gary Doak tomahawk each other and Doak goes down. In the scrum Gasser is holding on to Doak's jersy pulling him away from Angotti. Doak is trying to break free when O'Donnell breaks Gasser's grasp and wants to go. Gasser is more than willing to tune the dumb azz up. Dallas Smith and Gary Doak jump in as 3rd and 4rth man in and Bobby Plager ties Smith up.
Doak and Angotti almost get the 2nd event going but instead end up watching Gasser and O'Donnell tumble to the ice. Check out the reverse skate kick from O'Donnell on Gasser when they are down at 1:20. Looks like some biting too by O'Donnell.
Bobby Plager and the rest of the Blues do an admirable job of keeping the rest of the Bruins off Gasser during the fight. Some have commented where was Terry O'Reily coming off the bench to help out O'Donnell? No idea where the rest of the Big Bad Bruins were.