#8 John Erskine vs. Michael Rupp
In the 2011 NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, the rivalry between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins took centerstage. Something crazy was bound to happen and sure enough when John Erskine chased the puck he was hit by two Penguins and he chose to fight Michael Rupp.
This fight was so crazy I even have a picture of it I have to frame. Erskine got two right hooks in before Rupp fired back. Then Erskine nearly fell down but picked himself back up in time to stay in the fight. Erskine got a few more punches in before the refs broke it up. It was an even fight and it made Alex Ovechkin go crazy on the bench. Both teams gave stick taps from the bench as the game went into a TV timeout.
The fight occurred when the game was scoreless with 8:08 left in the first period. In the second all the scoring happened, or most of it. Evgeni Malkin gave the Penguins an early 1-0 lead at 2:13. The Caps answered with two straight goals. The first was a power play goal from Mike Knuble then at 14:45 Eric Fehr doubled the lead. Fehr added his second goal of the game at 11:59 in the third period to give the Caps a 3-1 win over their bitter rivals but Erskine’s fight is what’s still tased about from this game.