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Fuhr amused by goalie fights

by Dan Rosen / Edmonton Oilers
LAS VEGAS -- Amused and entertained is how Hall of Fame goalie Grant Fuhr would describe his reaction to seeing the recent spate of goalie fights in the NHL.

"You have no full-scale brawls any more, so how goalies end up mad at each other and end up going down the ice is a little bit hard to fathom, but it obviously happens," Fuhr told on Friday from Wayne Gretzky's Fantasy Camp. "I think teams have animosity against each other and it creates a little bit of it, but goalies are probably not the ones that should be fighting.

"We never had to worry about it. We had enough big guys that could fight."

Fuhr was still thoroughly entertained by the quick bout between the Islanders' Rick DiPietro and the Penguin's Brent Johnson last week. He said he felt bad for DiPietro, who got punched squarely in the face and suffered some fractures that will keep him out for four to six weeks.

"He's had a snakebit year," Fuhr said. "Between bad knees, bad hips and now you get punched in the face -- that's when you know you're not having a lucky year."

He was laughing after watching Boston's Tim Thomas and Montreal's Carey Price do the dance Wednesday night.

"There was a lot of trying to take off gear going on before they even got to fighting," Fuhr said of the Thomas-Price scuffle, which didn't last much longer than the DiPietro-Johnson bout but ended with nobody getting hurt. "Hey, it makes everybody watch, but is it a good thing? Probably not. It's entertaining, though."

Fuhr said he never even entertained the idea of fighting another goalie in his day.

"One, I'm 5-9 so there's no reason for me to fight anybody," he said. "And back then we'd have brawls and go chit-chat with the other goalie. Worst-case scenario it might turn into a wrestling match, but we all had respect for one another so we didn't want to fight if we didn't have to.

"Everything else you get as a goalie, so if you have a choice not to fight, great. If you have to, though, then so be it."

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