Remembering the Brent Johnson KO

Remembering the Brent Johnson KO

GM Ray Shero has been widely praised for having acquired goaltender Tomas Vokoun from Washington on June 4th in exchange for 2012 7th-round pick. Shero brought Vokoun in to replace Brent Johnson. Remember him?  This is the play that Johnson will most likely be remembered for – the one-punch knockout of Rick Dipietro – and it happened two years ago today. Johnson ended up sharing his shutout because Fleury had to finish the last 16.5 seconds. That action led to a brawlfest nine days later, a game that saw 14 fighting majors and 21 misconducts.  Pittsburgh set a new team record for penalty minutes (163) and established a team record for both teams with 346 penalty minutes. The Pens’ 31 penalties was one short of tying a record for the team set on October 30, 1988. Speaking of Penguins goalie fights, here’s an unofficial list: November 22, 1969 – Al Smith fought Philadelphia’s Earl Heiskala 6:53 (2nd), tussled with Reg Flemming too. December 17, 1969 – Al Smith left the net to battle Montreal’s Terry Harper 6:42 (3rd) 12/18/69 Pittsburgh Press:  “Rambunctious Al Smith left his net to battle Terry Harper at center ice.” October 23, 1970 – Al Smith vs. Oakland’s Dennis Hextall 6:42 (3rd) 10/24/70 Pittsburgh Press: “In an instant, Smith, no rookie fighter, was on top of Hextall, hammering his head as if it were a pegboard…. Smith, after linesmen pried him off Hextall, then relieved Watson and battered (Tony) Featherstone.” November 28, 1970 – Al Smith left bench as a backup to engage Montreal’s Claude Larose (end of second period) 11/29/70 Pittsburgh Press: ” Al Smith, who received $700 in fines for fighting last season, returned to the gold old days, speeding toward the scene and throwing his nearly 200 pounds in a flying leap at Larose.” … Smith squared off with opposing goaltender Phil Myre … Later, Smith was bloodied in the face when he was on the receiving end of a blow from Pierre Bouchard.” January 14, 1970 – Al Smith left bench as a backup to fight Keith Magnuson 1/15/70 – Pittsburgh Press: “Al Smith, who was sitting on the bench, grabbed Magnuson from behind and pinned him to the boards, touching off a brief brawl.” April 4, 1971 – Al Smith v. St. Louis’ Bob Plager 18:43 (1st)  Season finale 4/5/71 –Post-Gazette: “Bob Plager of the Blues and Goalie Al Smith of the Penguins touched off the big brawl, and both were banished for the night.” October 27, 1976 – Dunc Wilson brawled with Buffalo’s Danny Gare 7:57 (3rd) 10/18/76 Pittsburgh Press: “‘I haven’t lost a fight yet,’ Wilson said…Penguins came out the loser because of the new ‘agressor’ rule, Wilson was thrown out of the game.” April 9, 1977 – Denis Herron fought with Toronto’s Tiger Williams 14:14 (1st) PLAYOFF GAME 3 Largest playoff game at Arena (15,934) Apps thrown out for third man in, Pens eliminated from playoffs. February 29, 1984 – Denis Herron fought with Vancouver’s Tiger Williams 6:48 (2nd) Smallest crowd of season (3,844). May 16, 1995 – Ken Wregget v. Dale Hunter  13:14 (3rd) PLAYOFF GAME 6

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