Video: Jake Voracek Pulls Steve Oleksys Sweater over His Head, Punches Away in Old-Timey Hockey Fight

Video: Jake Voracek Pulls Steve Oleksys Sweater over His Head, Punches Away in Old-Timey Hockey Fight

Until Sunday night Jakub Voracek’s NHL fighting experience
was limited to a preseason scrum when he was just a pup with the Columbus Blue
Jackets. With that piece of knowledge, you would think he might’ve got more
than he bargained for when he tangled with Washington’s Steve Oleksy.

Well, yes and no.

I’m not sure how adept Jake is when it comes to pure hand-to-hand
combat, but he’s one hell of a strategist. Oleksy was the one in over his head,
or his sweater was at least, because that’s where Voracek pulled it. From there
it was swing away, and don’t try to say he only hit helmet, either – Oleksy skated
away with a cut.

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On the plus side, somebody came to Claude Giroux’s defense
after a big hit this time. Many questioned the lack of response to a big hit on
the Flyers’ captain against the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

Then again, the altercation almost worked out very poorly
for Orange & Black. Aside from five for fighting, Voracek picked up an
instigator minor which also carries a 10-minute misconduct. And in a true tell
Jake doesn’t do this very often, he received an additional minor for fighting
while wearing a visor. D’oh!

The end result was two goals for the Capitals, which
probably should have cost Philly the game – all over a clean hit no less.

Scott Hartnell still nods in approvement. Giroux didn’t seem
too upset about it after the game, either. Actually, if he upped his game for
anybody in particular in the third period, my guess would be Jake for

He shouldn’t get used to it though. Voracek said it would be
his last fight of the year. Maybe it’s for the best now that the book is out on
his style.

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Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.