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Lightning Leading the League in Fights

lightning_2013A curious development from this season is all the punches being thrown in Tampa Bay.

The Lightning lead the NHL with 10 fights through their first eight games and, according to defenseman Radko Gudas (who leads the team in scraps, with three), its all part of establishing identity.

Its what were trying to build here, Gudas told the Tampa Bay Times. We dont like to be pushed around, and we dont like when some guys think they can lay out our top guys and not pay for it.

As for head coach Jon Cooper? Hes OK with the fights as well, lauding Gudas for taking on Bostons Jarome Iginla during a 5-0 drubbing by the Bruins on Saturday

Source: Mike Halford, NBC Sports


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