Something awesome almost happened during the Montreal Canadiens-Pittsburgh Penguins game Wednesday night.
Late in the third period as the Penguins were laying a 5-1 beatdown on their opponents, a little pushing and shoving ensued in front of Marc Andre-Fleury‘s net. The Pittsburgh goaltender moved away from the scrum, but his isolation got the attention of Canadiens netminder Peter Budaj.
Budaj left his crease and made his way to the blue line, where he invited Fleury to drop the gloves. Fleury accepted the invitation and began skating toward Budaj, but just when it looked as if there’d be a goalie throwdown at center ice, a referee intervened and quickly put a stop to the action.
The rare goalie fight is likely to become that much rarer after what happened earlier in the season between Ray Emery and Braden Holtby. But the non-fight might have been a blessing in disguise for Fleury as he learned after the game that Budaj has martial arts training.
Was 29 aware of Budaj’s martial arts training? “No I wasn’t. I’d have kept my helmet(laughs)…does he really? Maybe that’s a good thing then”—
Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) January 23, 2014
Check out the fight that never was in the video below.