Ice hockey fight breaks out with huge punches thrown in vicious NHL showdown

NHL stars Josh Anderson and Milan Lucic were the latest ice hockey players to trade blows.

Fights in the sport are not uncommon with referees often allowing two competitors to clash before stepping in if one falls.

The amount of physical violence has reduced in recent years though there was clearly no love lost between the Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens.

It was the Flames who won 2-1 though, with both teams from Canada, the fight between Lucic and Anderson was a talking point.

The Flames were already 2-0 up when Canadiens’ star Anderson took on one of the NHL’s ‘baddest’ Lucic.

Lucic is regarded as one of the better fighters in the league, very rarely losing an encounter, and showed why he has the reputation against Anderson.

The Montreal Gazette reported that the Flames star ‘won the fight easily’ with Anderson’s attempt to spark his team backfiring.

Both players were given five minute penalties with the fight taking place in the third period of the game.

It was the second game for the Canadiens in 24 hours having beaten the Canucks 5-1 in Vancouver on Wednesday night.

They were outplayed by the Flames, and sit in fourth place in the all-Canadian North Division.

“It’s part of the game,” the Canadiens’ Jonathan Drouin said about the schedule. “We knew it was coming when we looked at the schedule for the road trip.

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  • “You got to get as much sleep in, got to get a good stretch in in the morning, get a good meal. Sometimes it’s just not there.

    “But when it’s not there as a team we got to find a way to do those little things right and make sure we’re on the same page.

    “It’s not going to be a pretty night, as you saw tonight. We got to find a way to just play hockey, play our way, but not force things.”

    While head coach Dominique Ducharme added: “The biggest challenge is mental … to be able to be making strong plays at the right time, just details like that.

    “Especially in the second period we paid cash on those kind of plays. We got to take that and we got to be reacting much better next time we’re in that situation.”

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