Nate Thompson is a bad, bad, BAD man.
The 37 year old Philadelphia Flyers forward proved it again last night by absolutely manhandling Seattle Kraken forward Nathan Bastian in perhaps the most one-sided fight i've seen in years.
Watch Thompson absolutely go to town against Bastian, throwing more than a dozen haymakers and about 10 uppercuts in an absolute old school beatdown:
Pardon my French, but that is an absolute shit kicking!
But you know what? Credit to Bastian for standing in there and taking his licks. The 23 year old kid could have hit the deck or hugged Thompson's arms and tied him up until the officials stepped in. Instead you can see him trying to get his arms free for a punch, trying to hang in there and make a fight of it but... well... he just gets his ass handed to him. And that's okay, even the absolute best fighters have to take a loss now and again and this kid does it with dignity.
I mean... just look at him on the bench getting fixed up afterward:
That's the look of a man who is realizing his mistakes in real-time. He's staring into the abyss and the abyss is staring right back at him. But again... kudos for standing in there and taking your licks when it's clear that you're overmatched and overpowered.
Oh... and if you thought the ass kicking stopped there? Well, the score ended 6-1 in favor of the Flyers that evening. So, as one sided as this scrap may have been, it wasn't the only thing that was one-sided in Philly last night. The Flyers spoiled former head coach Dave Hakstol's return to Philadelphia in pretty convincing fashion and you hope that Hakstol didn't have any money on the board. The two teams don't play again until December 29th, so I don't imagine there will be any carryover or bad blood from this first encounter, but if you're a Flyers fan you have to be feeling pretty good about your team's first showing against the NHL's newest franchise.