Daily Duel 3/17: Daniel Girardi vs. Mike Richards
I may be jumping the gun a bit here, but HockeyFights.com has yet to upload any videos from Monday’s NHL games. So for now, I’ll assume there were no fights- at least none worth uploading to the web- Monday night. This is a brief battle that took place as the result of a huge hit from Mike Richards, who completely runs Nikolai Zherdev over in the Flyers’ offensive zone. Looking to send an early message to his opponents, Richards looked to take a bit of a charge here and used more of his arms than his shoulder. But it’s still a clean hit and a very hard one at that. Rangers defenseman Daniel Girardi immediately drops the gloves and sends a message of his own to Richards, who just holds on until the ride is over. I say it’s win-win for both players; Richards made his message clear and Girardi let him know he will not simply get away with such aggression.
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