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Panthers seething over Moen’s “gutless” cheapshot

- September 27th, 2010

MONTREAL – Okay, it’s “just” the pre-season.

Don’t tell that to the Florida Panthers who were seething after 18-year-old rookie Erik Gudbranson took what they said was a sucker punch in a third-period scrum from Montreal Canadiens veteran Travis Moen in the Habs 6-2 win at the Bell Centre Monday night.

“Travis Moen, the new heavyweight…jumping an 18-year-old kid. Montreal’s new favourite hero,” grumbled Florida tough guy Andrew Peters, who wasn’t dressed for the game, as he paced the Florida dressing room after the game.

When asked if that was something that would he would remember, he replied: “I don’t know if I’ll be around to remember it. It’s a big league, but it’s a small world. There was no need for that. So now he’s the toughest guy in the league. That was gutless.”

Moen hit Gudbranson with his right hand during a melee along the boards after Moen had hit Florida’s Evgeny Dadonov into the boards. Gudbranson jumped to Dadonov’s defence and went after Moen and then a linesman joined the fray.

“I’m not going to lie. The refs hung me out to dry. He grabbed my arm and left me out there to get pounded,” said Gudbranson, the third pick overall in the 2010 draft. “I went after him. I wanted to fight him. I instigated it, but I was tied up. (Moen) saw it and he still threw the punch. It was a little gutless he threw that punch.

“I could have done at the end (of the fight) when the refs came in. I could have broken his nose, but I didn’t do it.”

Something for the kid to file away.

Moen wasn’t around after the game to comment.

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12 comments

  1. JP | September 28, 2010 at 1:01 am

    Of course they fail to mention that Gudbranson was the one who originally jumped Moen from behind. When you feel someone start throwing punches at your head, what are you going to do? Turn around to make sure it’s a fair fight? Or start defending yourself immediately? Maybe Gudbranson needs to think about who he’s jumping next time.

  2. PJ | September 28, 2010 at 3:01 am

    There’s a difference between defending yourself, and hitting someone who was clearly defenseless. I guess Moen was scared of an 18 year old who was already tied up by the refs. Sorta of like how Crosby’s shot on Valabik. A cheap shot is a cheap shot is a cheap shot.

  3. JL | September 28, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Seriously? Check out the TSN highlights. Gudbranson came in swinging punching a couple times Moen from behind. I’d be pissed too. The bottom line is that this is NHL in the heat of the action, there’s not much time for reason.

  4. JPJ | September 28, 2010 at 8:59 am

    can’t we all be friends?

  5. JP | September 28, 2010 at 9:31 am

    You jump someone from behind, be ready to face the consequences. Gudbranson was throwing punches at the back of Moen’s head, so he deserved what he got.

  6. habsfan4ever | September 28, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Are you kidding me,the whole thing happen so fast do you honestly think anybody would wait for a green light to hit someone after they were jumped in the first place lesson learned kid welcome to the BIG league junior !!!
    …………..GO HABS GO……………..

  7. C | September 28, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Ya sorry kid, but you jumped Moen from behind first, dropped your gloves and wanted to go. It’s not Moen’s fault the ref grabbed you, be pissed off at the ref. Next time maybe be careful who you drop the gloves with. Moen is no heavyweight but he knows how to dance. You don’t see the Habs whining about Dumont 5’9″ getting beat by 6’4″ Ellerby do you?

  8. RD | September 28, 2010 at 11:18 am

    It’s a fast game, stuff happens. Moen’s no coward, he just punched the kid in the face. The next time they see each other, Moen will gladly give the kid a shot to settle their differences.

  9. SC | September 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Give me a break. I saw the entire thing. Moen hit the guy with a borderline hit there was no doubt but if you jump a player from behind you are fair game. You want a fight you will get one. This guy should not have went after him. He got popped.

    What about the fight earlier when White was laying on the ice and the guy was still throwing bombs on top of him?

  10. Mats Naslund | September 28, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    the hit was a close one on the boards, but if you’re going to jump on a guy like Moen – prepared to get hit. It was the exact same thing when Ellerby fought Dumont. Ellerby is probably a foot taller and 50 pounds heavier. Noone is crying about that one. The Panthers should be way more angry at the sh!t game they played.

  11. GM | September 28, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Moen does not have a history of going after non-fighters. If you get grabbed in a melee you punch 1st ask questions later. If you go in heavy like Gudbranson did expect to get popped

  12. kr | September 28, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    The Kid jumped in and took on Moen from behind and then got this lunch handed to him.

    Panthers would you like some cheese with that?

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