I got a big chuckle out of this one: 254-pound behemoth Evgeni Artyukhin for some reason got into a scrap with Ville Peltonen on Saturday. The Lightning forward outweighs the little Finn by about 75 pounds.
And this was Peltonen's first career fight:
I knew there had to be something more going on here, and it turns out there is. Here's Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune:
At the opening faceoff, Florida RW Ville Peltonen, listed at 5-foot-11 and 182 pounds, immediately dropped his gloves and went after Bolts RW Evgeny Artyukhin, who goes 6-5, 259. The bout stemmed from a knee-on-knee hit Artyukhin put on Peltonen in the last meeting between the teams on Jan. 17 in Tampa. Artyukhin received a two-game suspension for the hit.
He showed him, I guess.
George Richards talked to the Panthers coach about the tussle:
"That guy's three times the size of Ville," Peter DeBoer said with a smirk. "Obviously, he was going to try to settle the score and send a message from the hit the last time. Give Ville all the credit in the world for that. That's a big guy he took on."
I'm going to go on record and say this is the most lopsided fight in hockey history. Peltonen's one of the 60 smallest players in the league; Artyuhkin's listed as the NHL's sixth heaviest player. (Yes, there are five guys who weigh more than 254 pounds.)