Corey Crawford finally had enough of the St. Louis Blues.
The Chicago Blackhawks goalie took matters into his own hands on Tuesday night after a collision with Blues forward Robby Fabbri. With the Game 4 matchup tied 1-1 in the second period, Fabbri went hard at the net, hitting Crawford and sparking the wild scene:
Crawford went after Fabbri behind the Blackhawks net, throwing a flurry of punches at the Blues center. While goalies don’t usually get involved in hockey scrums, Crawford is well-suited for the task—the 6’2″, 208-pound netminder hulks over Fabbri’s 5’10”, 180-pound frame.
Players from both sides took the opportunity to come in and defend their teammates—there is no love lost between these teams—prompting the referees to stop the melee. Once things finally settled down, the officials handed out five penalties—three to the Blues and two to the Blackhawks, including one for Crawford—resulting in a power play for Chicago.
The Blackhawks scored on that power play to take a 2-1 lead in the game, but it wouldn’t last long. The Blues stormed back in the third period with goals from Jaden Schwartz and Alex Steen to take the lead, eventually winning the game 4-3.
Now the Blues have the Blackhawks on the brink with a 3-1 series lead heading into Game 5.
— NHL (@NHL) April 20, 2016
Perhaps Crawford’s antics will give them the defending champions the boost they need to make a comeback in the series.