Dustin Byfuglien resists cannibalism, but puts Jamie Benn in leg-lock (Video)

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Dustin Byfuglien is a rather competitive guy, and the Winnipeg Jets were playing an important Western Conference game against the Dallas Stars on Saturday night. So he did what it took to win. Also, he was hungry. Let us explain.

In the third period, Byfuglien checked Jamie Benn of Dallas to the ice and then attempted to keep him out of the play … by squeezing his legs around Benn’s head while the Stars captain was on his gloves and knees.

Byfuglien raised his hands in that “hey I’m just as confused as all of you about this precarious situation” way, and then appeared to make amends with Benn as the two skated away.

Because, in the end, Big Buff doesn’t want to hurt anybody. Even when his insatiable hunger makes it difficult for him.

That was Byfuglien, in a scrum with the Stars, doing everything he can to resist his cannibalistic urges when Travis Moen’s hand got a little too close his maw. Frankly, given Byfuglien’s proportions, it’s a minor miracle he hasn’t taken his skate and sliced off a porterhouse from an opponent at some point in his career.

But as you can see from the video, he flashes a smile at the end, as if to say, “Hey man, we’re cool; I don’t even have any steak sauce with me…” 

The Jets lost 5-2, and Byfuglien ended up with 14 penalty minutes thanks to a puck over the glass, a roughing minor and a misconduct in the third. But he didn’t go the full Alex Burrows, so for that we can be thankful.