In the five games that the Leafs have played the Senators this year, the two heavyweight enforcers Colton Orr and Matt Carkner have dropped the gloves four times. The first three fights were all great entertainment for fans of oldtime hockey. The last one was more of a wrestling match, but the two still landed some bombs. Oddly enough, it was after that unspectacular bout that Orr decided to have a little fun at his opponent’s expense, waving three fingers over his head at the Ottawa fans, signifying his 3rd win over their hometown brawler. Orr and Carkner seem to have a healthy dislike for each other, and as you’ll see in the videos below, they are clearly not afraid to throw the knockout punch (or punches, in most cases). For those you who are a little averse to the rough stuff, in the words of Don Cherry, “It’s teatime.”
Round 1 – November 17, 2009
After Carkner took a couple runs at Rickard Wallin and Matt Stajan, Orr sets the youngster straight with some huge right hands straight to the grill. After the 4th one, Carkner does his best Enron stock impression and drops faster than you can say “Sens Suck!”. The good folks over at dropyourgloves.com have somehow compiled a list of every NHL fight fought this year, and carded this one as a victory by TKO for Orr, who landed 5 punches and only took 1 from Carkner.
Round 2 – December 14, 2009
Carkner didn’t wait long to get his revenge for the embarrassing walloping he took a month earlier. In the next game between the clubs, he catches Orr with a couple big ones, splitting his eyebrow open and sending him crashing to the ice.
Round 3 – February 6, 2010
A bruised ego is much harder to heal than a busted face, but Orr did wonders for his self esteem in this bout. Carkner tried to get the jump on him again, but Colton musta been watching tape of the previous fight or something, since the only thing Carkner’s first punch did was slow down the first of four straight shots to the face that Orr was bringing his way. Boom, boom, boom, boom and the Senator was down on the ice holding his hands up in surrender like a French border guard facing an invading army.
Round 4 – March 6, 2010
Carkner showed a bit more savvy in this one, and it led to a much less entertaining fight. Rather than letting Orr’s right hand redecorate his face again, Carkner kept a pretty good grip on the inside of his jersey for the first bit of the fight, turning it into more of a dance rehearsal than a brawl. Orr gets free at the end and lands a few shots, but nothing as consciousness-removing as we got to see in the first 3 fights.
I got distracted for about a half an hour while I wrote this, watching Down Goes Brown’s Top 17 Wendel Clark Moments for the 5th time. Colton Orr is no Wendel Clark. But a little heavyweight rivalry, especially with Ottawa, would do the Leafs a bit of good, I think. Clark’s epic fights with Probert added an incredible edge to every game the Wings and Leafs played back in the day, and while today’s fights are nothing compared to the wild brawls that used to explode in the ’90s, I won’t complain if Orr and Carkner square off every time the two teams meet for the next 3 years.