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."