The Buffalo Sabres don't win a lot these days, but I think we can safely declare Sabres' winger Marcus Foligno the victor of this tilt with Ryan Carter of the New Jersey Devils.
Foligno scored the win knockout-style, with a nasty punch to the chin that sent a dazed, tagged Carter to the ice.
For fans of face-punching in hockey, I'll assume this is something they'll enjoy. As for me, I'll admit I find Foligno's in-the-moment reaction truly bizarre.
Kudos to Foligno for stopping the fight the moment he saw Carter in trouble, as well as holding onto Carter as he goes down -- which may very well have prevented the Devils' forward from hitting his head on the ice. And I guess it's nice that he didn't crow about his one-punch victory, say, by miming the "go to sleep" gesture Arron Asham drew some heat for a few seasons back.
But I still find it strange that, in hockey, players fight hoping not to inflict any damage. It's weird. I understand that respecting the other guy is part of theRead More »from Sabres’ Foligno scores one-punch victory in fight with Ryan Carter (Video)