Things get heated between Calgary Flames and Arizona Coyotes
Emotions were hot between the Arizona Coyotes and Calgary Flames during Saturday afternoon’s contest, as the two squads got into an all-out brawl near the end of the second period at Gila River Arena in Glendale.
Coyotes defenseman Jason Demers began the WWE-esque match with an up-high hit on Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau. In response, Gaudreau got up and cross-checked Demers, who ended up flat on the ice.
Gaudreau and fellow teammate Matthew Tkachuk — who is the son of former Coyotes captain Keith Tkachuk — each pushed on Demers’ back.
Coyotes’ Darcy Kuemper proceeded to bring down Tkachuk with a headlock.
You could say things got heated at the end of the second period. pic.twitter.com/cC5GZZ4rE2
— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) November 16, 2019
This is when things really got going, as multiple players from both sides joined in, including Calgary goalie David Rittich who skated the distance of the ice to participate.
Sixteen minutes of penalties were handed out in total between the two squads, as Demers was charged with tripping and roughing while Keumper was hit with roughing.
CORRECTION: I got a couple details wrong so I’m starting over.
Demers hit Gaudreau up high. Gaudreau cross-checked him back, and he went down. Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk kept going at Demers while he was down, so Darcy Kuemper stepped out and wrestled Tkachuk to the ice.
— Matt Layman (@mattjlayman) November 16, 2019
On the Calgary side, Tkachuk was penalized with roughing and Gaudreau got a cross-check penalty. Rittich, meanwhile, got a two-minute penalty for leaving the crease.
Coyotes were leading 2-0 at the time, as Derek Stepan and Carl Soderberg each had goals in the second period.
Arizona was awarded the power play, but didn’t execute.
The Coyotes ended up taking the game, 3-0.