Video: A rare fight for Nathan MacKinnon

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Attribute to the rivalry at large or more personal beefs, but either way, Thursday saw a first as Colorado Avalanche sophomore star Nathan MacKinnon engaged in his first NHL fight.

It happened just 44 seconds in against Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson. One can almost imagine Avalanche fans and execs holding their breath as the younger star seems to fight out of his weight class a bit:

Hey, as next wunderkind Connor McDavid would attest, sometimes even star players need to drop the mitts.