Sometimes a fight can spark a team to victory, but some players haven’t been too smart about picking a dance partner. Remember Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith challenging Boston Bruins behemoth Zdeno Chara in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs? Yeah, that wasn’t the best move. At least Smith admitted it.
Smith isn’t alone in this recklessness, though. Even hockey royalty such as Wayne Gretzky and Steve Yzerman have thrown the mitts — with the results you’d expect. Stick to scoring, guys, and leave the fighting to the big boys.
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