Devante Smith-Pelly watched much of the third period in the penalty box after a fight with Vancouver Canucks defenseman Ben Hutton. At issue was a strike Hutton delivered to veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik.
At the start of the third period, Orpik forced a turnover from Thomas Vanek and took the puck in on net. Just after he fired a shot over the net, Hutton reached him and knocked him over with a thunderous hit.
It didn’t take long for Smith-Pelly to show his displeasure. Almost instantaneously, Smith-Pelly and Hutton dropped the gloves and were swinging their fists. Smith-Pelly ultimately received an extra two minutes for instigating and a 10-minute misconduct.
You can watch a replay of the fight here.
“Just thought it was unnecessary,” Smith-Pelly said after the game when asked about why he felt compelled to step in. “I don't know about dirty, but just thought it was kind of unnecessary so just had to jump in there.”
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Despite taking the extra penalty, Barry Trotz praised Smith-Pelly’s actions.
“I love the fact that we had people stepping up for Brooks,” he said. “Brooks is a guy that is one of the most beloved guys in our room.”
“From my standpoint, I just like that we're playing for each other,” Trotz added.