Thursday’s fights didn’t set a new season-high for penalty minutes in a single game, and their brief run times won’t remind anyone of Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond’s memorable fight, which was almost as long as his name.
They’re still interesting in their own ways, though.
In the case of Zack Kassian vs. Ryan Lomberg (whose name demands “Office Space” references), it was interesting to see Kassian get tossed for continuing to throw punches after the officials stepped in. Honestly, it feels like a small miracle anytime something like this happens and a haymaker doesn’t take down an unlucky zebra.
The other fight, Antoine Roussel vs. Connor Carrick, is quick-but-spirited, and also noteworthy because a pest actually dropped the gloves. In many cases, an agitator like Roussel will “turtle” or beg off rather than fighting, only making his jawing more obnoxious to opponents. Apparently this is Roussel’s fifth fight of this season and second of January, according to Hockey Fights.
Almost seems like something’s gotten into the Stars lately. Maybe Ken Hitchcock’s been yelling more in 2018?