BOSTON — Hockey officially returned to TD Garden on Tuesday night — punches and all.
Boston Bruins winger Justin Hickman, playing in his first game for the Black and Gold, dropped the gloves with Washington Capitals defenseman Tyler Lewington during a second-period stoppage in play.
It was the first fight by a Bruins player thisÂ preseason, and after the combatants traded a few blows, Hickman slammed Lewington to the ice to earn a roar of approval from the Garden crowd.
The 21-year-old Hickman is no stranger to pugilism. HeÂ rackedÂ upÂ 27 fighting majors in four seasons with the Western Hockey League’s Seattle Thunderbirds, according to HockeyFights.com.
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