Sometimes how you finish a fight is more important than how you start it.
During the second period of the Chicago Blackhawks’ 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, Hawks right wing John Hayden dropped the gloves with Wild left wing Marcus Foligno. Hayden took a decent beating for most of the fight, but he landed a crippling right hook at the very end.
Watch the entire fight in the video below.
Down goes Foligno!
To make matters worse for Foligno, he eventually left the game with possible facial fractures, according to The Athletic’s Michael Russo.
Listen, there’s no arguing that fighting is being phased out of the NHL at a pace that doesn’t sit well with many hockey fans. But fights like this — as well as the one that Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid recently got into — prove that heated scraps aren’t dead yet.
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