BOSTON — If there were any doubts about Byron Bitz’s courage — and I don’t think there were — they were quickly erased with one enormous battle in the neutral zone tonight at TD Banknorth Garden.
The Boston Bruins’ 6-foot-3, 200-pound rookie forward met the challenge from 6-foot-3, 237-pound Washington enforcer Donald Brashear in a lengthy, mostly even bout midway through the third period of the Bruins’ 3-2 overtime win.
Bitz landed a few early shots before he tired out and Brashear threw a few hay-makers to close things out. All in all, it was a great way for the Saskatoon native to get his first NHL fight under his belt.
“I think I did all right. He’s pretty strong, he got me inside and he’s tough to maneuver around. But I was pretty happy with how I did,” said Bitz. (more…)