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.
Who would you claim is the winner of the fight?
Adam Mair (126 votes)
Milan Lucic (67 votes)
Draw (74 votes)
267 total votes