There was one person able to wipe the smile off Ray Emery's face at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo Thursday.
"I kind of miss that stuff," the Senators goalie said of the scraps he grinned his way through with opposite number Martin Biron and then immediately thereafter with tough guy Andrew Peters. "It's my favourite part of the game.
"But my mom was there. She got mad at me. So I can't do it again for a while or my mom will be really mad."
Emery's first NHL fight was very much anticipated by those who had heard of his pugilistic outbursts in junior hockey and with Binghamton. In the past two seasons, they had only the eyewitness accounts of those such as Brian McGrattan, who had played with Emery in the minors. The reputation he carried was large.
"I consider Razor a top-10 heavyweight in the league," McGrattan said yesterday when asked about the fairness of his pal going up against the 6-foot-4, 230-lb. Peters, who has been in 62 tilts during his NHL career. "(Emery's) a good fighter. He can hold his own. I thought he did well."
One of, if not the biggest media gathering of the season was at Scotiabank Place yesterday and went straight to Emery's stall after practice. In the background, one amused teammate chimed a popular phrase of ring announcers introducing boxers.
"And in this corner ... "
Emery seemed surprised at the number of reporters who wanted to know his feelings on the punch-ups.
"Obviously you guys are excited about it and I think the fans enjoyed it," he said, "but we wanted to get two points out of that game and that was disappointing.
"Personally, I wanted to finish the game. I was disappointed I got kicked out. I think we did a good job standing up for our guys who were on the ice at that time.
"I like the fights," he added of the experience. "Definitely fun."
Emery said he skated to the Buffalo end of the ice because he thought Biron was giving him a signal. He also sounded like he missed the spontaneous anger that usually leads to a scrap.
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"That's why I kinda don't fight goalies normally," he said. "It's tough to get mad at a guy that's like 200 feet away from you.
"He was just kind of shaking his gloves around back there, looked like he wanted to fight, so I went down there."
Despite video footage suggesting the contrary, Emery said he didn't really land any punches on Biron.
"I don't think so," said Sugar Ray. "He just kind of fell down."
He also didn't think any punches were landed in his battle with Peters.
"I don't mind that," Emery said when asked about having to take on an enforcer. "I don't think that the other team should send their tough guys after skilled players.
"If I was getting beat down or something, I think the boys would have jumped in. But I can stand there with him. I don't have a problem with that."
Emery is aware that, in his position as the No. 1 goalie, there was an organizational cringe when he dropped the mitts.
"I hurt myself a while ago fighting and the team told me you get paid to stop pucks, not do that type of stuff," he said. "Maybe once in a blue moon is all right, but I don't think you'll see it again for a while."
Of course, he'll also remember that his mom will be watching tonight.