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Oilers, Sharks Fight in San Jose

December 29, 2000

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Edmonton captain Doug Weight received a game misconduct after retaliating for a knee-to-knee hit from San Jose defenseman Bryan Marchment on Thursday night.

Weight’s ejection capped a brutal first period which featured 18 penalties _ including four misconducts _ and 83 total penalty minutes, 65 for Edmonton. Before it was over, Marchment and San Jose coach Darryl Sutter exchanged angry words with the Edmonton bench and Oilers coach Craig MacTavish.

Weight and Marchment collided at the Sharks’ blue line during an Edmonton power play just three minutes into the game. Weight limped to the bench and was taken to the dressing room with 16:35 left in the first period.

Less than two minutes after Weight left, Edmonton left wing Ethan Moreau challenged Marchment to a fight. Moreau was beaten to the ice by Marchment, who leads the Sharks in penalty minutes and has a long history of questionable hits.

Moreau received an instigator penalty and a 10-minute misconduct in addition to his fighting major. Sharks captain Owen Nolan also fought Oilers defenseman Sean Brown at the same time Moreau and Marchment fought.

But Weight returned to the ice with 10 minutes left in the period and immediately went looking for Marchment. Weight viciously cross-checked Marchment in the face as the defenseman was looking away, then punched Marchment as he lay on the ice.

Weight was given another instigator penalty and a game misconduct. As he left the ice, he repeatedly banged his stick on the glass and exchanged shouts with the jeering San Jose crowd.

As Weight was restrained and led off the ice, Marchment skated to the Oilers’ bench and exchanged words with MacTavish. Sutter came to his player’s defense in a tense standoff.

Weight scored his 600th NHL point Wednesday night in the Oilers’ 3-2 loss at Colorado. He leads Edmonton and is the NHL’s seventh-leading scorer with 43 points, and his 33 assists are second in the league.

Weight’s 39 minutes in penalties left the Sharks with an eight-minute power play, but Oilers wing Anson Carter scored a short-handed goal 4:17 before the intermission to give Edmonton a 1-0 lead.

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