Adam Mair has had the finger pointed at him for not playing the style of hockey he's meant to for the Buffalo Sabres. Yesterday, he threw a check on Milan Lucic in the third period with a 2-2 scoreline. Unpleased with the hit, Lucic dropped his gloves and Mair accepted. This alone takes bravery as the powerful Boston forward has left his opponents a bloody mess in the past.
Although he gave up some size, Mair came out strong landing a few hard left hands on Lucic who responded toward the end of the bout. What's more impressive is that Mair had broken his nose a few days earlier in Columbus and I don't many athletes who would have willingly exchanged punches with someone as dangerous as Lucic in such a condition.
"He broke his nose in Columbus, so you’ve got to give him a lot of credit. I thought he had Lucic on the ropes there for a couple, but it doesn’t take much when you’ve got a broken nose to get that bleeding again. For him to get in there and get after it, I thought it was great." —Lindy Ruff
Energy, grit and puck possession; the Sabres had it all against the Bruins but Tuukka Rask took matters into his own hands stopping 43 shots in a shoot-out win. After the jump, have a look at the fight if you missed it and vote for your winner in the poll.