Victor Hedman gets in rare fight
You don't see this very often.
Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman got into a rare fight in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Sabres, tangling with Buffalo's Marcus Foligno at the end of the second period. It was just Hedman's fifth career fight, first since Oct. 8, 2013.
"It's been a while," Hedman said with a smile. "But we stand up for one another on this team and I'm no different. Just a lot of emotions, and sometimes you have to get into a little tilt. And I'm not afraid to do that."
Hedman said he was standing up for goalie Ben Bishop, apparently taking issue with what Foligno had done in the crease. And Hedman more than held his own. After taking a few punches from behind, Hedman turned around - and turned the tables - on Foligno, pulling the Sabres' forward's jersey over his head and landing a few right hands. "He got mad," wing Ondrej Palat said.
"You don't really want to see him fighting, but it was fun to see," Bishop said of Hedman. "He did well. There were a lot of emotions in the game, it almost had a little playoff feel with the ways guys were going at it. It's good to see guys step up. He's a big leader on this team. To see him do that makes everyone else step up their game."
Coach Jon Cooper said he holds his breath everytime someone gets in a fight, and that would hold especially true with Hedman, the franchise defenseman and All-Star. But Cooper didn't even see the bout live, having already started walking to the dressing room after the period. But Cooper saw the replay on TV during intermission.
"Guys were doing anything possible to win the game," Cooper said. "If that's what it took, that's what it took."