Big Mac pumps 'em up

Colorado Avalanche winger David Koci lands a punch on the nose of Edmonton Oilers winger Steve...

Colorado Avalanche winger David Koci lands a punch on the nose of Edmonton Oilers winger Steve MacIntyre in the second period of on Saturday. MacIntyre's antics fired the Oilers up in their 5-1 win in Denver, Colo. (RICK WILKING/Reuters)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:34 AM ET

PHILADELPHIA — For the second time in as many games, a fight involving an Edmonton Oiler had people around the NHL buzzing.

Only this time, with apologies to Taylor Hall, it was a guy who knows what he’s doing.

Steve MacIntyre’s 45-second brawl with David Koci Saturday night in Colorado was an epic exchange, with the 6-foot-5, 250-lb Oilers enforcer throwing 22 right hands and the 6-foot-6, 238-lb Colorado tough guy replying with 15 punches of his own.

“It was really impressive for two big guys like that to stand back and throw like they did,” said Oilers centre Sam Gagner.

“It was a huge lift for the bench. You saw that we responded.”

It hurt just watching it.

“I was trying to swing for the fences,” said MacIntyre. “He’s pretty tough, he can take one. It was a fun scrap to be in.”

MacIntyre doesn’t get a lot of takers these days, but figured Koci would come calling after Edmonton stormed out a 3-0 lead.

MacIntyre also flattened Colorado’s David Jones in the first period. All part of an effort to make opponents come to him.

“The times that I’ve been in (the lineup) I feel I was a little hesitant,” he said.

“The last couple of games, I wanted to go out there and be a little more aggressive. I’m not going to find too many guys willing to go.

“I was talking to my dad the other day and he said you have to go there and do something, get something going.”

robert.tychkowski@sunmedia.ca


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