In case you missed it, Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn and New Jersey Devils forward Miles Wood had an EPIC scrap last night and it’s an early candidate for Fight of the Year.
Check out this slobber knocker:
Benn lands some early shots, but Wood comes back STRONG with some shots over the top. Benn takes the "take one to land one" approach early in the fight, but only lands a couple of the 10+ BIG right hands that he dishes out to Wood. It looks like Benn gets buckled by a heavy right by Benn for a moment, but the big boy regains his composure, ditches his helmet and lands a couple more shots. Eventually both players collapse in a heap on the ice, obviously exhausted from this old school throwdown. We're calling it right now: Fight of the Year. Truly though... we'd love nothing more than to see someone else step up and beat this fight. It might sound barbaric, but we're big fans of old school hockey and we think that fighting should always have a place in the game.
As for the game, the Devils would go on to win, shutting out the Stars 3-0 and extending their season opening undefeated streak to 4-0-0. After being a surprise team in 2017-18, no one is taking the Devils lightly this season, making their early start to 2018-19 even more impressive. Starting goaltender Cory Schneider remains sidelined with an injury, as does breakout forward Jesper Bratt, but that hasn't deterred the Devils one bit. If anything, goaltender Keith Kinkaid and the team's star players like Taylor Hall and 2017 1st overall draft pick Nico Hischier have stepped up even more for the injury ravaged Devils. Hall has yet to find the back of the net this season, but he does have four assists in four games. Meanwhile, winger Kyle Palmieri has started the season on an absolute TEAR, scoring seven goals in the team's first four games. After a disappointing 44 point campaign in 2017-18, Palmieri looks on track to absolutely obliterate his point totals in 2018-19. More than that... the Devils have been a FUN team to watch lately and how often have we been able to say that throughout the years?