When you’re the new guy, you usually want to make a good first impression.
In office environments, it might mean picking up some pastries. In the NHL, it helps to score a goal, deliver a big hit or drop the gloves.
New Washington Capitals tough guy Aaron Volpatti chose the last option, as he engaged Winnipeg Jets fighter Anthony Peluso in a fight late in the first period of Saturday’s 3-0 Caps win:
Still, sometimes it’s more about the gesture than winning or losing a fight. His Capitals teammates now know that Volpatti, 27, is willing to take on the league’s designated punchers.
Washington hopes that Volpatti can eventually deter moments like these between Mark Stuart and Alex Ovechkin: