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The Fight That Changed Hockey

Canadian Press

It’s the music that makes the mayhem.

From high in the rafters of the Montreal Forum, an organist plays a lovely little number once made popular by polkameister Frankie Yankovic. The song’s unsung lyrics are, “Somewhere my love, there will be songs to sing ...”

Down on the ice, before the start of Game 6 of the Prince of Wales Conference final, there is no love, only clots of anger and ugly welts of violence. Players are fighting. Players are streaming out of their dressing rooms to join in. Chris Nilan of the Montreal Canadiens is battling Dave Brown of the Philadelphia Flyers. Brown isn’t wearing a jersey, shoulder pads or undershirt. Nilan has precious little to hold on to as the two exchange bare-knuckle greeting cards.

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