Watch out for Round 2 of the Stamkos-Foligno bout

The Columbus captain was not too pleased about getting punched by the Lightningís Steven Stamkos in the final minutes of Game 3.
Lightning center Steven Stamkos on Sunday's fight: "It's a physical sport. You stick up for each other, you stick up for yourself, and things like that happen in our game." (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Lightning center Steven Stamkos on Sunday's fight: "It's a physical sport. You stick up for each other, you stick up for yourself, and things like that happen in our game." (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Published April 15

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Lightning will be fighting for survival in Game 4. And if Columbus captain Nick Foligno has his way, Steven Stamkos might have a different type of fight on his hands.

In the final minutes of Game 3 on Sunday, Stamkos took an unnecessary hit near the boards from Riley Nash. In the ensuing scrum, Stamkos found himself tangled up with Foligno.

With a game official separating them, not to mention Tyler Johnson diverting Foligno’s attention, Stamkos delivered a quick jab to Foligno’s face. The Columbus forward went ballistic trying to get at Stamkos and, after the game, said it was a punch he would not forget.

“I’m just trying to protect myself in that situation," Stamkos said Monday. “There’s scrums all the time. It’s a physical sport. You stick up for each other, you stick up for yourself, and things like that happen in our game."

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