You could say it fired Downie up.
Early in the second period, he was a wrecking ball on the ice hitting everything that moved including Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf. After some jawing, Downie got Getzlaf to drop the gloves with him.
The fight was Downie's fourth of the season and second as a Flyer. It was his first fight since November 1st when Capitals enforcer Aaron Volpatti caught him with a vicious right hook that sent down to the hospital with a concussion.
For the record, I loved this. Not so much the fact that Downie went after a much larger man but I would take the Flyers being down Downie for five minutes if it meant the Ducks would be without Getzlaf for that time. That's a no-brainer trade-off.
I also found it interesting the Ducks color analyst saying the best way to "counter" this is to hammer Claude Giroux. Maybe it is me being a homer but I don't think this needs to be "countered" as they put it. Getzlaf can hold his own - he's a large man. It wasn't like some big, bad enforcer from the Flyers was picking on a little, skill player who can't defend himself. They fought and it's over.
Did this need to be "countered" by the Ducks?
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