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 hockeyfights.com, he previously fought LA Kings Adrian Kempe on Dec. 14, 2019.