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Watch: Penguins Lafferty Throws Down with Brendan Smith



Pittsburgh Penguins Sam Lafferty fight

New York Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith roughed up Pittsburgh Penguins winger Sam Lafferty inside the New York net later in the second period on Thursday night. Smith got a four-minute roughing penalty, and the Penguins scored a power-play goal, but Smith and Lafferty weren’t done.

After the guilty Smith was released from the penalty box, he and Lafferty lined up side-by-side on their next shift. Smith asked for a go. Lafferty, the Penguins second-year player, didn’t hesitate when he agreed. At the beginning of the video below, you’ll see Lafferty calmly say, “Yeah.”

And the pair threw down. And kept throwing, too.

If Burt Sugar broke down the fight, he would say each combatant threw big bombs, there was some wild swinging from the fighting novices, and Lafferty probably won the scorecards unless it was scored by the same judges who scored the Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr fight in November

Lafferty has been fighting for a lineup spot this season. Mistakes and bad penalties recently cost him a spot, but the long list of Pittsburgh Penguins injuries put him back in the lineup. Lafferty has made the most of his opportunities.

In 29 games, including Thursday night, Lafferty has five assists. He has played more than 10 minutes in three of his last five games.

This was Lafferty’s second NHL fight. According to, he previously fought LA Kings Adrian Kempe on Dec. 14, 2019.

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Scott Maloni
Scott Maloni
1 year ago

He’s a keeper. Take Lafferty over ZAR any game.

Jacob Graham
Jacob Graham
1 year ago
Reply to  Scott Maloni

I hate to be that guy because I like Lafferty too, but this is an awful take….ZAR has been one of the more consistent forwards defensively the last few years and is scoring at a +20 goal pace over 82 games.