Suffice it to say Scott Laughton got the best of the Senators on Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center.
He was the first star in the Flyers' 4-3 victory, scored the game-winning goal during the third period, added an assist, stood up for his teammates and got under the skin of Ottawa forward Brady Tkachuk.
So much so that Tkachuk went after Laughton, crosschecking the 25-year-old forward in the back and jumping him during the final minute of regulation. The NHL reacted quickly to the play, fining Tkachuk $2,486.56, the maximum allowable under the CBA.
Brady Tkachuk goes after Scott Laughton late in the game 🙄 pic.twitter.com/w2p4RydJY1— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) December 7, 2019
Following his third-period marker, Laughton had words for the Senators' bench. He was fired up, especially after Ottawa's hits on Travis Konecny and Joel Farabee, which led to some fights. Laughton could not partake in the dropping of the gloves because he recently returned following surgery on a broken finger, which is still healing.
Scott Laughton has a few things to say to the Senators. pic.twitter.com/vKpZnM2VCP— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) December 7, 2019
I knew it was coming. It’s part of the game when you do that stuff and chirp the bench, you know it’s going to come. I just can’t drop my gloves right now with my finger and everything. I’ve got some padding there so once I do that, I guess it’s a penalty or something. That’s just the way it went.
But Laughton still had the backs of his teammates. He was physical throughout, especially after the first-period hits on Konecny and Farabee. He also allowed his game to do the talking.
Laughton has four goals in his last six contests and the Flyers are 6-1-1 since his return following a 13-game absence because of the finger injury.
Hayes with the shot, Laughton with the rebound! pic.twitter.com/PW1WX1nUJG— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) December 7, 2019
The physicality continues into the 2nd period.— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) December 7, 2019
Laughton throws a big hit on Pageau and Joel Farabee drops the gloves with Pageau right after. pic.twitter.com/8wrDvX9aR9
Would Laughton have liked to fight?
"Yeah," he said.
He did plenty enough.
Tkachuk's crosscheck and check to the league are proof of Laughton's work.
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