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Lightning Round: Florida Men brawl in Orlando hockey rink

Moral of the story: don’t touch Andrei Vasilevskiy or Boris Katchouk will throw you down.

NHL: OCT 05 Preseason - Panthers v Lightning
ORLANDO, FL - OCTOBER 05: during the Preseason NHL Hockey match between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers on October 5th 2021 at Amway Center, Orlando FL.
Photo by Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Okay, so the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers played a preseason game last night in the Orlando Solar Bears arena. The final score was 3-2 for the Panthers, but that doesn’t much matter when you have a look at what happened in the third period. I’ll give you a spoiler and then share all the video I could find of all the fights from the night.

This all kicked off because Sam Bennett ran Andrei Vasilevskiy while the goalie was behind the net. The Lightning were naturally incensed and went after Bennett. The resulting brawls and cheap shots raged throughout the entire period until the two sides were separated after the final whistle. These clips won’t be in chronological order, but you don’t care. Here’s some fights.

Tampa Bay and Florida meet again on Thursday, on Saturday, and in the regular season on October 19th.

Lightning Links

Micah from Hockey Viz has published this season’s Regular Season Preview. Take a look at how his model values the Lightning and where they fit within the standings. Micah’s stuff is great because it’s really easy to read, even if it’s sometimes hard to believe where the numbers come from. [Hockey Viz]

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