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GOTTA SEE IT: Pezzetta and Lomberg Engage In Vicious Fight

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Canadiens Pezzetta Habs

Michael Pezzetta and Ryan Lomberg engaged in a very spirited fight on Thursday night, exchanging wild punches for over half a minute.

The fight occurred in the third period of the Canadiens versus Panthers game, the third fight of the match. It took place shortly after another intense fight, though unlike the Lomberg and Pezzetta match up, Arber Xhekaj’s fight with Givani Smith was definitely a one-sided beatdown.

Simply put, the referees let the game get out of hand in the first two periods, and the result were predictable.

Not only did they miss a blatant interference call on Mike Matheson, which resulted in Eric Staal leaving the game with an injury, the missed a blatant boarding call on Xhekaj, not to mention a litany of dirty plays from both teams.

They failed to do their jobs, and the players took matters into their own hands. Literally.

Lomberg, who is only 5’9″, matched Pezzetta’s intensity, landing as many blows as his opponent despite the significant size mismatch.

That’s not to say Pezzetta fared poorly. He probably landed more punches, but given how many bombs were thrown, it’s rather difficult to declare a winner.

But one thing is certain, there was a loser in this situation, and that’s the actions of the referees. Or rather, the lack of action from the referees.

This was the third fight of the season for Michael Pezzetta, and his eight fight of his NHL career. His previous opponents were Corey Perry, Mark Borowiecki, Erik Gudbranson, Radko Gudas, Zack Kassian, Connor Mackley, and Mark Kastelic.

Oh, and the reigning heavyweight champion in the NHL: Ryan Reaves.

The fight against Reaves certainly did not go according to plan, but it went to show Pezzetta is not afraid to face anyone, and is willing to put his body on the line to defend his teammates.

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Tyrone

The same thing happens in minor hockey. When the refs turn a blind eye to dirty plays in the first couple of periods, all hell breaks loose in the third period almost every time. The crowd loses their mind watching their kids face potential injuries, especially life altering ones that clear hits from behind can cause. I would love to hear the refs’ explanation of why the hit from behind on Xhekaj was not called. There couldn’t have been a more clear case of a hit (with a player clearly showing his numbers) directly from behind, propelling a player head first into the boards from a dangerous distance away. It absolutely could have had a horrific outcome if the Panther player was moving faster or if Xhekaj had just fallen a little differently. It was as blatant and obvious a call as they come. The refs obviously saw it, so I want to hear their “thinking” (or lack thereof!) of why a penalty was not assessed.

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