Wild's Marcus Foligno asks linesmen to break up fight as he bloodies Sharks' Nikolai Knyzhov
Fighting is part of the NHL, but also being athletic.
In the first phase of the Minnesota-San Jose game on Monday night, savage striker Marcus Foligno and Sharks defender Nikolai Knyzhov got into a fight.
It was the first fight for Knyzhov, who played in his 20th NHL game. It was Foligno's 45th career NHL fight since joining the league in the 2011/12 season.
It was a mismatch when Foligno tied Knyzhnov and landed several large right-handed punches that cut the defender in the face.
But when Foligno noticed that his opponent was bloody, he asked the linesmen to stop the fight. Knyzhnov tried to take a punch, Foligno gestured again, and the linesmen entered.
Foligno then recorded a Gordie Howe hat-trick (goal, assist, fight) shortly after mid-game when, shortly after his bout ended at 3:36 in the second half, he made the second assist on a goal from Ian Cole's penalty.
He then hit at 10:48 in a shot that was deflected by Nicolas Meloche's bat and floated 4-1 past goalkeeper Martin Jones.
It was the third Gordie Howe hat trick in Foligno's career.
This article originally appeared in the USA TODAY: Marcus Foligno abandons the fight after bloodying Nikolai Knyzhov
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