It all started when Vancouver Canucks’ forward Elias Pettersson took a bump from Max Jones. Tyler Myers took exception to the hit, which admittedly didn’t look that bad. Myers gave Jones a couple of cross-checks before grabbing Jakob Silfverberg.
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And that’s when Josh Manson comes in.
BREAKING: Josh Manson has ended Tyler Myers life
— Brendan Fretwell (@BrendanFretwell) February 16, 2020
The moment Manson spotted Myers grabbing his team’s second-leading scorer, he sprinted towards Myers while majestically dropping his gloves and stick in stride. Manson (6′ 3″, 216 lbs) grabbed Myers (6′ 8″, 227 lbs) like a he was a mini-mite, ripped him off of Silfverberg and while the two fell to the ice, executed one of the most well-timed, well-placed haymakers I’ve ever seen, right to Myers’ dome.
Some weren’t too pleased with Manson:
What an absolute joke. Josh Manson shouldn’t be allowed to jump an already engaged player.
— Sean (@beardycanuck03) February 16, 2020
Josh Manson should’ve been given a five minute major and a game misconduct after jumping Tyler Myers here, per Rule 46.2 Aggressor. Engages in a fight with an unwilling opponent and repeatedly punches him (twice on the ice). Myers engaged with Silfverberg does not factor in https://t.co/zavQgTuNNM
— NHL Player Safety Watch (@NHLSafetyWatch) February 17, 2020
How did Josh Manson not get a third man in there?
The refs took that long and could not conclude that?#Canucks pic.twitter.com/x9ewQ36gR6
— Kevin Olenick (@kevole) February 16, 2020
But for the most part, people, especially Ducks fans, loved every second of it:
josh manson is my hero https://t.co/VHvf0t4iaU
— ivan barbashev stan (@BarbashevStan) February 17, 2020
This is what you do when a teammate is in trouble. You have players that take care of things. This is Josh Manson. He can play on my team any day. #Leafs https://t.co/qejOogBtoa
— Farmer Rob #BOF (@FarmerRob17) February 17, 2020
Josh Manson is a National Treasure. https://t.co/BbqiKiQizm
— Disney And Hockey (@Deputy_Hockey) February 17, 2020
Like it or not, Manson’s hit on Myers had us reminiscing of the days of Old Time Hockey: