Maple Leafs right winger Wayne Simmonds tangled with Minnesota Wild winger Marcus Foligno in the first period of Saturday night’s game.
Simmonds was looking to get into it with Wild winger Jordan Greenway, who had elbowed Simmonds earlier. Greenway then put a shoulder into Maple Leafs star centre Auston Matthews. Maple Leafs left winger Michael Bunting had started to engage with Greenway when Simmonds appeared on the scene. Amid the gathering of players in neutral ice, Wayne Simmonds was very clearly most ready to go. Foligno quickly obliged him.
There was some controversy involved in the fight because Foligno had attempted to get off the ice just before the fracas began. He returned to the ice and dropped the gloves immediately with Simmonds.
Foligno, 30, is listed at 6-foot-3, 228 pounds. He now has four fights this season, which ranks third in the National Hockey League.
Wayne Simmonds is a lanky, 6-foot-3, 33-year-old winger. This was his second fight of the season but he has been dropping the gloves for a long time. This was his 66th career major penalty for fighting.
Simmonds is playing right wing on the Maple Leafs top line because Mitch Marner suffered an injury in practice Friday after a collision with defenceman Jake Muzzin.
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