January 12, 2012
3rd Period - 12:12
2011-2012 Regular Season
Voting Results
Mike Richards 13.3% (11 votes)
Brenden Morrow 38.6% (32 votes)
Draw 48.2% (40 votes)

Past User Reviews
Posted by johnnyrock555 on January 13, 2012 at 03:51 PM

Clean hit or not, sending a goal scorer into the boards like that, the fight should follow. There has to be consequences for a hit like that. The instigator penalty is the worst rule in pro sports. Morrow wins for taking out two key players.

Posted by lbachand on January 13, 2012 at 07:08 AM

Hug fest........sad!!

Posted by Boogyman24rip on January 13, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Hey Kopitar, keep yo head up!

Posted by slavv on January 13, 2012 at 05:31 PM

Good for Richards to step in on the punk-bitchh Morrow....

Posted by Unabomber on January 13, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Draw- Crap fight

Posted by xaulxan on January 13, 2012 at 09:41 AM

Clean hit. The way Kopitar hit the boards is unfortunate, but it goes to show how much your head has to be on a swivel. Keep your head up, kids.

Posted by EDDUBBS on January 13, 2012 at 02:10 AM

Draw - cannot see it any other way.I think that this is a classic example of a draw. Too many people think that when a player's helmet comes off, that it automatically is a negative for the player losing the bucket. Then, as the player fights, they defensively, keep their exposed head area, away from any punches, AND in too many cases award a win to the other fighter misinterpreting it as aggression. Just a thought because I am sure that their will be "a "Win" for Richards or Morrow, when that is not the case here.

Posted by brymaster1 on January 13, 2012 at 02:26 AM

Fight was a draw, clean hit by Morrow. Custombreaks do you consider every team that runs over the nucks the "chosen" team in the NHL?

Posted by GreatMurray on January 13, 2012 at 07:09 AM

Morrow smokes Kopitar with a great hit...then comes the obligatory fight. I get the two minutes for starting a fight even though the hit was clean. I don't get the 10 and Game at all. COME ON SHANAHAN! USA hockey has dropped into this mode too. No fighting allowed at all. We are headed back to the day when all of our good players come only from Canada. You can bet that the OHL hasn't banned fighting. The real enforcer mode is to take a number and get him later and avoid the penalties or find a Dallas "STAR" and smoke him when the opportunity arises. No real punches landed. Richards sort of sticks up for his mate but he may have lost the fight too. I'll give it a draw.

Posted by Double Nickels on January 13, 2012 at 04:15 AM

Funny that Richards would take exception to that hit given that that is a hit he has thrown many times.

Posted by kinga101 on January 13, 2012 at 03:28 PM

Nothing wrong with the hit, yet once again a fight ensues. Nothing much to the fight either. This is becoming an oxymoron by the players. They complain about not being able to hit, but it seems like after every good hit the hitter gets challenged or jumped.

Posted by staceyb on January 13, 2012 at 08:01 AM

Richie has never been much of a fighter as evidenced here but he had to stand up to Morrow for his roughhouse tactics against two of L.A.'s best, Kopitar and Doughty. The NHL's instigator rule is a joke.

Posted by MaddieLynn on January 13, 2012 at 01:51 AM

Mike Richards was justified in letting Brenden Morrow know that his check on Kopitar did not go unnoticed. The penalties against Richards are bogus. Despite his outrage, Richards failed to achieve victory over Morrow, but it was close. Morrow gets the W.

Posted by marty4pres on January 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM

DEATH TO MORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by ISYSpanther on January 13, 2012 at 07:24 PM

*Pause* Clean Hit. Why? No head shot. Morrow did not jump. Morrow did not use his elbow. The puck was recently in the area (about 0.7 seconds). Morrow did not take any strides (in the first 6 seconds of the video, which shows the hit). Kopitar was facing the direction opposite of which he was skating. Kopitar was bent over by his own power. I do not understand how you could call this a dirty hit or charging. To insist this is a dirty hit is to insist every hit is a dirty hit. Maybe we should take checking out of the game, right Fathead100? Checking someone is not against the rules. A lot of the top checkers in the league do it cleanly and safely most of the time (Cal Clutterbuck is one of those players). The onus on the checker all the time needs to cease. The checker is responsible for delivering the hit. The checker is not responsible for the fool that dove head first towards him. The checker is not responsible for the fool who skates backwards. The checker is not responsible for the fool who willingly bends over further than he needs to do anything other than kiss his own ass goodbye. The fight was unnecessary. Kopitar put himself in a position to be injured. Not to get checked. You cannot put yourself in that position any more after you decide to play hockey (nature of the game). Richards deserved the extra penalties for fighting with his visor on. I say this because Richards is the one who started fight. He had plenty of opportunity to drop his stick and take off his gloves and helmet. He had as much time to do that as he wanted to take to reach Morrow. He has no reason to complain about the additional penalty. Checking belongs in the game. It is the stupid reasons for fighting and stupid ways fights are getting started that needs to end. Don't start pummeling someone simply because your teammate put himself in a bad position and paid the price for it. Don't start pummeling someone simply because your teammate dove to draw a penalty (Bruins 2011, I am looking at you). If your teammate is tied up with 1 (one) person, don't help out your teammate. There is no honor in you or your teammate restraining someone as the other wails on him. If someone turtles or falls down to the ice unconscious, leave them alone. All you are doing is hurting yourself and your team. Be a man! Take off those gloves! Take off those helmets! Drop your sticks! Face his face! Swing! Be a man! Fight like a man! Don't cower behind a teammate or linesmen! Don't attack someone from behind! Be. A. Man.

Posted by zolofarm on January 13, 2012 at 09:03 AM

Draw, Richard landed a nice right that was only good shot of fight. Hit was clean and another fight insues a clean hit.

Posted by kimo_coyote on January 14, 2012 at 12:08 AM

Draw Good old time hockey hit.

Posted by ccagan on January 13, 2012 at 03:28 PM

@Fathead100 You need to actually read rule 42 (charging) by your standard every check would be charging. Yes he entered the frame, however he did not jump, did not even pick up a foot for that ENTIRE distance traveled and the head was not targeted. In fact Morrow made a directional change which resulted in a loss of speed. Kopitar got rocked, got a bloody nose, and finished the game in the room. It happens, it's hockey.

Posted by Shredder1976 on January 13, 2012 at 07:09 AM

I bet thoose uggs r comfy now... Richie wishes he was still in a real hockey town like Philly... Fights like ussy in LA! I guess u traded beer for cozmos.. Simmer baby!

Posted by Custombreaks on January 13, 2012 at 02:05 AM

What a bunch of morons those Kings are. O'Halloran was trying his game fixin best to gift wrap a victory for the Leagues chosen ones and they still lose. Too bad Morrow was at the end of his shift...otherwise he would have kicked Richards coke head ass all the way back to Philly.

Posted by done on February 07, 2012 at 06:52 PM

Great clean hit!! Its ridiculous that anyone voted for Richards. Morrow held up on Richards because he could have destroyed him if he wanted to. Clifford too!! Glad to see the little girl Kopitar get run over.

Posted by mudman55 on January 13, 2012 at 08:34 AM

The instigator rule is a joke. It's no deterrent. Clean hit by Morrow, I think Kopitar got rung when his head got the boards. Why does every hard clean hit result in a fight?

Posted by DARCY T on January 13, 2012 at 08:27 AM

chihuahua fighting a bulldog.chihuahua tries so hard but bulldog looks unbothered and doesnt want any part of it...gave it a 3

Posted by totmacher on January 13, 2012 at 05:34 PM

1:49 into the video they show him come in from the blue line. He dosen't take a single stride and even puts the brakes on at the goal crease right before the hit. Thats pretty mucht the exact opposite of charging. How someone would think that is charging is beyond me. Kopitar got caught with his head down, plain and simple. Good player or not dosen't give him the excuse to skate around with a "no one can hit me" mentality. I'll bet this bell ringing helps to reminds him to think twice about blindly coming around behind the crease (of all places to not be aware of who is around you...) As was said, props to Morrow for taking 2 skilled players off the ice.

Posted by FightsOfHockey on January 13, 2012 at 03:10 AM

haha talented player fight here. not much of a tilt and Morrow did the only damage.

Posted by Emar on January 13, 2012 at 04:31 AM

Just a solid hit by Morrow with Kopitar just falling awkward. Of course if you listen to all the little b*tch Queens fans crying, you would of thought he slew-footed Kopitar or like the violent hit by Marchand on Salo the other night. Queens fans are like Quack fans, whiney little crybabies when the Stars kick one of their players azzes. Richards picked a fight with Otter early in the year, and now Morrow (though commendable). Didn't do shinola against either of them. Morrow wins, but more of a grabfest. Morrow and Benn are good players and don't fight much, but when they do, they usually kick the other guy to oblivion and just play tough, physical hockey. May want to think twice before picking a fight with either of them, unless you are just some worthless goon like Ivanans, Parros, etc.

Posted by battleshipfan on January 15, 2012 at 11:38 AM

still hate richards

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Posted by Behn Wilson on January 14, 2012 at 12:21 AM

Slight edge to Richards, in a fight that wasn't neccessary.

Posted by skynyrd77 on January 13, 2012 at 08:51 PM

Morrow is a punk.

Posted by swany65 on January 13, 2012 at 03:54 AM

Custombreaks did you even watch the game? Kings definitely got the raw end of the penalties tonight.

Posted by fathead100 on January 13, 2012 at 11:29 AM

How is that hit NOT charging? Morrow comes from the blueline, while Kopitar has the puck from past the opposite faceoff dot, coming around the net. Yet most of you morons call it a "clean" hit. THAT is the kind of Bulls#!+ the league should crack down on. This is exactly why there are fights after "clean" hits. What's the difference between this and Steve Ott, Chris Neal, Jordan Tootoo, Cal Cluster$#@% and their ilk jumping off the bench, skating behind their own net to the other end of the rink and drilling somebody with no call. Totally chickens#!+. Watch it again, Morrow comes from out of frame.

Posted by dutchman on January 13, 2012 at 08:17 AM

"velvety or angora?" are you kidding me? do the announcers have their encyclopedia out tonight?

Posted by chad420 on January 13, 2012 at 12:13 PM

draw...not good

Posted by Big_Fat_Dan on January 13, 2012 at 02:13 AM

Non event really for a whole lot of penalty minutes (for Richards)

Posted by Tony Esposito on January 13, 2012 at 06:23 PM

Another clean hit = another fight. It's getting stupid.

Posted by Sather-Satan on January 14, 2012 at 04:47 PM

Wrong way to handle this. If your star talent guy gets run, you send out Clifford to run their star talent guys, then challenge Morrow. Draw and a poor fight.

Posted by kkdowning on January 14, 2012 at 01:23 PM

Morrow slight edge. Another good hockey play leads to a fight

Posted by bustsomechops on January 13, 2012 at 01:32 AM

Morrow brought the Wood in this one. Crushed Clifford! Crushed Kopitar! Richards standing up for his teammates. Respectable. Great game in LA tonight.