NICE A PRIME TIME FIGHT ON NATIONAL TV GOTTA LOVE IT WAY TO GO BOYS SHOW CASE THE GAME THE WAY ITS MEANT TO BE PLAYED GREAT AGME SO FAR..
Rupp had the early edge and Erskine the latter edge..I think it was a draw at best..Did Rupp actually EVER win a fight? Honestly I am a Pens fan and never saw him actually win a fight..
ok tilt.i like that erskine dude.should of won this one,but u cant win them all.draw in my book.
Toe to toe, punch to punch. Rupp early, Eskine late. Old time hockey 70s style here! Draw
Good fight - draw. Why is Erskine receiving over 50% of the vote here? Both guys threw an equal amount of punches and nothing landed!
Now THAT"S how you do it !!! Two evenly-matched, big-boys go toe, to toe under the stars. LO, friggin' L @ Slshbleed.
hey guys.u should realize this is no popularity contest.that's why i dont understand why erskine got so many votes in this fight.im one of his biggest fans since his rookie season but he was on his knees in this one!and he didnt land more than rupp....draw...gave it 7
stoked to finally see a winter classic donnybrook! i thought it was pretty even until something happened at the end, not sure what it was, but rupp called it. well now that some peoples have filled me in on the wayward contact lens, i am going with a draw and a 7. unfortunate, it was looking good. love erskine, i still hear people knocking riley cote these days, and the reason i bring him up, is because he, likewise with erskine, always put on great scraps, and go for the gold. few guys that drop the mitts these days throw with reckless abandon like erskine does... "bad intentions" someone called it his last fight. just perfect. (win or lose, i miss cote). if this winter classic has taught me anything, it is to NEVER go to nbc to find out what the weather will be like.
' Man!!! 60,000 or 90,000 people screaming (I don't know what the actual attendance was). Good bout. Good draw. '
Great, even draw.
Another great Erskine fight! Under the lights, Winter Classic at night and two guys throwing with reckless abandon. Plus my team won!!! Very close fight, Rupp lost a contact, Draw.
Somewhere out there, there is a dog named Rupp. The people who named it might not even follow hockey.
I wish every bout was like this...i love watching Erskine fight! great show by both guys in a very spirited draw. 8
Good tilt & I like the camera angle. Tempted to call it edge Erskine but it's a draw.
I also think Rupp would not have called it quits if it were an indoor game.
Gotta love when big punches are thrown even if they dont land. Very entertaining fight in front of 65,000 hockey loving fans!
toe - toe ol' time hockey
Two tuff dudes slugging it out. These punks who say Rupp did a roberto duran should lose up the skates put down their cheese beefs with fries and try this. Great scrap.
Great Fight!! I really liked how the two of them stood toe to toe and let the rights fly. Both guys did well in front of a national audience. I'me calling it a draw. Props to both fighters for working hard and Erskine for showing the respect to Rupp after he got poked in the eye.
Great fight, had to give it a 9.
So a guy is ether winng a fight or it is a clear draw, then at the end of the fight he stops fighting. I saw that the other guy stop throwing punches as well as they both got tired or were happy with the results of the fight. I say this fight is a draw. I can not see giving the win here to Erskine.
Both got some great punches in
John Erskine is a bigtime heavyweight that can throw big bombs, he would definitely be a candidate for #1 heavy if he fought more but the coaching staff doesn't want him sitting in the box because he is a very good defenseman who logs alot of minutes.
great scrap two big guys throwing them~!
Rupp and Erskine line up in a good old punch in the face contest. Very even until Erskine slips to ice, but he quickly recovers. Nice rights by a each with a few sweater jabs. Draw, even if Rupp hadn't lost his contact, might have been a pretty even fight. Good showing by both big guys. Loved the fight, Bettman was probably fretting in his luxury box, but this is the real game. Look at the stands, no one was going to bathroom or concessions during the fight. Fans enjoy it.
maybe a draw.....but I dont give points for pussy jabs with the hand holding jersey.......wtf! I dont know who started that crap but broadstreet bullies rolling on floor laughing at that!
Erskine inflicted hidden damage with his holding hand - Rupp should consider a tighter sweater - several smart jabs/uppercuts, the last one of which led Rupp to suggest an end to it. Loved John's prompt springing back to his feet after a helmet shot. Rupp later suggested neither guy had inflicted any damage, although he had some skinned knuckles. Will look very nice on 24/7, with full sound effects and refs offering coaching points...
That's a lot of people to watch a decent bout.
This is one of those classic vote for your home team player. How is it that erskine has big lead in scoring the bout. Neither took the other out. Erskine was the only one to stumble. It should be a draw if anything.
Were they each trying to break their hands?
Two big guys going toe to toe...in a fight that close....if one guy goes down and is let back up...the other guy wins. You Caps fans who picked Erskine are biased morons.
great fight! draw! how can people sit here and rip rupp for the end? like to see some of these idiots on here throw down,whatever.. the guy had a problem with his eye,lifes more important! great scrap though, a winter classic fo sure
Sedfan correct they said Rupps contact was sideways in his eye. Good tilt.
its the capitols they cant wibn fights cuz they have a fag leading their team. the man known as dickface so rupp wins because he does
Rupp's a douche
STOP! STOP! STOP! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GIVE (RU)UP with the tap out despite figthing on a slip n slide Erk caught him and Ruup quit! hehehehe. . . Ignore the Hens fans vote, they would say Rodney King won if he was wearing a Pens jersey. . . Erkenstien with the most damage done, . . well just see if Rupp is up for a rematch(ha!)
when it comes to toe to toe combat in a bout,Erskine makes good comebacks and juss goes toe to toe....WINNER JOHN ERSKINE.
a lot of misses but erskine landed a couple nice shots with two nice jabs hook and a jersey jab, rupp seemed to land one but not sure if it was a clean shot but erskine was the better of the two who were swinging widely and hoping that maybe some would could connect, decent showing I gave this a 6. rupp didn't get a poke in the eye or injured, he caught a jersey jab that hurt him a little it is cold and those punches can sting.....still a clear win to erskine
Big John for sure... The fight started out good and then Rupp called mercy! Probably a good idea. Big John stores alot of big hay makers in those pipes and it looks like at the end Rupp wasnt willing to eat any of them.
Two great big beauties standing in there throwing....Win Erksine
Who would have thought Erskine was gonna have these highlights this year. Good Scrap on a huge stage!
A win to Erskine only because at the end Rupp was dazed and wanting no more... Nice bout and really close
Looked like Rupp threw in the towel and asked for help?
Wow, 70k cheering fans. And outdoors too. Erskine wins as Ruppster throws in the towel.
Erskine get the win as Rupp throws in the towel and taps out in a spirited bout.
i dont know what you idiots that picked Rupp were watching, but Rupp quit. Close fight giving the win to the Big E.
Great bout in high definition for a national television audience. I thought Erskine was out of it early but he came back to win. Rupp might have been doing the Roberto Duran "No mas" litany at the end and can you blame him?
erskine gets the win in this fight.
Erskine is frightening when he gets that right hand cannon going. Scored it a TKO due to the verbal submission by Rupp. Oh sweet jesus how i wish they had kept Erskine in Dallas.
edge erskine but props to both..so much better watching these two fight rather than carcillo and thornton..these two just went straight at it and started throwing bombs in front of 70,000 people, gotta love it..definitely could pass as a heavyweight bout
Equal fight until Rupp tapped out do to what I think was a poked eye but it was unintentional by Erskine. I like how the fight stopped the minute it was imbalanced due to just bad luck. One taps, the other is professional and ceases.
Great fight...! Liked the way Erskine fell and got up and kept throwing, never lost a beat. Both throwing back and forth with good intensity, Giving the edge to Erskine as I felt Rupp faded towards the end and initiated to stop the fight. Props to the camera crew...nice angle, Way to start the New Year boys !
Erskine wins...Pens suck
Great fight for the WC. Wasn't a bunch of hugging it out. Thought Rupp got the 2 best shots of the fight, that knocked Erksine down, but "the lumberjack" rebounded quickly and seemed to have gotten the most hits in. I'm leaning towards draw for both an even fight and another great WC moment Also I'm told that Rupp asked to stop the fight because he lost a contact during the fight. No idea what his vision is like but for my not being able to clearly see things until they are 5" from my face would certainly discourage me to fight too.
Erskine wins this spirited bout with Rupp. Gotta love the way Erskine gets up and just keeps on throwing the big blows.
not sure about the contact lense excuse but did read rupp lost a couple teeth. erskine win.
Edge to Erskine. Great old time hockey fight.
rupp surrenders. win erskine. good fight as always when erskine is involved
WOW, i like watching Erskine throw them. Old time fighter win or lose, just stands in there and goes toe to toe. Nothing serious with Rupp guys. According to the after game show, he got poked in the eye and had his contact screwed up or something.
Erskine always has bad intentions when he throws the right hand! Loved the jersey lefts that had Rupp begging for an ending. Great scrap on network tv.
great fight. not too many Caps match up well with big mike rupp. he had johnny down early but erskine rallied to win the fight, just barely. and the best part of the fight may have been that it occurred down in the corner where the camera was already covering the live action: i hate when fights start off camera. i still wonder what happened to rupp to force him to stop the fight on his own...
pretty good fight for a winter classic! lot of bombs thrown but not many landed. erskine with the edge here but rupp hung in there pretty well.
great fight erskine easy winner
Erskine was losing until he went to a knee and popped back up. Huge cahones on that. Rupp tapped out.
Rupp early, Erskine the rest of the way...Rupp quit..verbally boo Hooing on National TV...Crosby must be rubbing off on him.Erskine easily the edge.
That was awesome hockey fight. Giving it to Erskine for coming back at the end plus not throwing them when Rupp had his eye problem.
Wonderful! Erskine is a real beauty, nice application of The Code during the holiday season.
Great bout... I love how Big John stuck in it after going down... both traded good blows. Edge to Erskine for landing more shots, using the jab, and because Rupp tapped out.
The cheer of 70,000 give it a 10 in my book. Great fight and great game as well! Good job NHL!!!
Erskine with the edge cause Rupp wanted out.
Rupp i thought could have had the fight till he took a couple of close jabs then he wanted out... or his mommy? LOL
Great Fight! Haymakers! Erskinian Hook leaves Penguin Beak Ajar and asking for stoppage...Erskine Rules as he stops without Referees having to go break it up first. Rupp great showing as well and thanks for the Entertainment both gladiators!
One of the better fights of the year I'd say. Not every punch landed but the ones that did were really strong. The WInter Classic, national tv, both these guys were fired and it really showed in intensity of the fight. Rupp did great, but W to Erskine for sure.
great fight during the best game of the regular season, Erskine lands some solid rights away from the camera angle, Rupp does as well, but Erskine is tough as nails and takes and gives more than Rupp, and Rupp taps, Erskine win.
Pretty spirited fight. I called it a draw because it was even before Rupp's contact got messed up. If that didn't happen, Rupp probably would have continued to fight.
No big shots here but alot thrown. Liked that they both stood in there and didnt do any jersey grabbin
fückin great fight. a classic draw if there ever was one. another goodie involving erskine this season- he can still take em and give em
Great tilt by two big fellas chucking away . Loved the camera angle. A true draw right down the middle. Erskine does not win because Rupp needs to stop with the contact issue. I know that Erskine is a favorite of the reviewers on this site and justifiably so, but if he asked the officials to stop it, most people would give him the benefit of the doubt. In response to yngblonde1, Rupp was a clear winner against Gaustad last year. There are more to be sure, but that one is fresh in my mind.
tht was nice.
Great fight..definatly a draw with both guys going like crazy then just tiring out at the end
Rupp knocks Erskine to his knees, but then wants the fight to end. I'll call it a draw.
Rupp lost a contact or something that is why he quit......Draw.
Great fight! I would have liked to seen Round 2, but I guess that will have to wait. I called it a draw and an 8. The camera angle on the fight was perhaps the only one NBC got right all game. Horrible work on a showcase game. Boo!
Some BIG swings with some Big misses. A bit of an edge to Erskine, though,....Rupp seemed to call-things-off at the end.
Good to see a fight in the Winter Classic. Lots of wild punches thrown but not much hitting the target. Erskine got closer, so he gets the win.
win Eric the Red
Slight edge to Erskine
Nice fight in a great spotlight. edge, Erskine.
rupp: whaaa stop! please? stop?
Murderous intentions!!!!!! That's how Big Johnny E throws!!!!!! I'm giving him the win cause I'm a fan(ex knight) and Rupp quit!!!!! If not for those things .......It could go eitherway!!!!!!! I wanna see Big Johnny E and Colton Orr Open up the Bomb doors and LET ER GO!!!!!!! One Of em's goin to NAKA-SAKI :) Ps He's an ex Knight......Not Me
Erskine with the W
Slight edge to Erskine. Also, a great call by Mike Emrick.
Great fight. Erskine is turning in to a marquee fighter. Rupp had to bail out because of the shot to his eye, edge Erskine.