Fight Video: Devils’ Noesen defends teammate, drops gloves with Leafs’ Martin

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Not many people enjoy challenging Leafs tough guy Matt Martin, but New Jersey’s Stefan Noesen had no issue dropping the gloves with him on Wednesday night.

With his team down 2-1 in the opening period, Martin was looking to give his guys a boost. So he shoved Noesen before a faceoff and then steamrolled Brian Gibbons into the boards. That’s when Noesen decided he was fed up of Martin, and the two went at it.

The referees ultimately decided to give Noesen two minutes for instigating because they felt Martin’s hit on Gibbons was clean.

Martin probably won the fight, but he’s done this a few more times than Noesen has.

Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.

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