Ultimate Capitals teammate Zdeno Chara just morphed into The Incredible Hulk to defend Michael Raffl after a very bad hit by Matt Martin.
Raffl, who had his back turned, was knocked headfirst into the boards by the Islanders forward and laid on the ice in pain.
A furious Chara dropped his gloves with Martin and in the words of Joe Beninati “rained rights” onto the veteran’s face.
Chara landed one right flush to Martin’s jaw that did the most damage. Martin ducked and shielded his face as he absorbed several more punches to the back of the head. Officials then quickly broke up the fight.
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Check out Zee’s
crazy eyes intensity here.
good luck lol pic.twitter.com/6ggnrd6NcO
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Here are a few more angles of the fight from fans in attendance at Capital One Arena.
Raffl would go to the room, but would end up being okay and not miss a shift.
“It was awesome. That’s Zee though,” Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette said after the game. “I remember when we talked this summer. He said, I’m coming in here for a lot of different reasons but I’m going to help play tough and protect this team. That’s just the type of person he is. He didn’t like the hit. He went right after it. Our guys, everybody, we’re all much appreciative that he jumps in there like that and take care of things. It was great by him.”
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