It’s sometimes difficult to predict when B’s tough guy Trent Frederic is likely to drop the gloves for the Boston Bruins, but Wednesday night against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center had to be the leader in the clubhouse. And Frederic enthusiastically obliged when Minnesota forward Brandon Duhaime challenged him to a fight midway through the first period.
It was difficult to tell if it was about Frederic’s punishing hit on Kirill Kaprizov the last time the two teams played each other in Boston a few months ago, or if the gritty Bruins forward was looking to inject a little energy into a game on the second night of back-to-backs on the road. Either way it was an entertaining heavyweight bout with Duhaime clobbering Frederic with a big punch to the side of the head that seemed to enrage Frederic.
After that Frederic threw a series of overhand rights that eventually knocked Dumaine down to the ice and finished the fight with a definitive Boston Bruins victory.
Trent Frederic and Brandon Duhaime drop the gloves.
Quite the scrap.
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If Frederic was indeed once again answering the bell for the Kaprizov hit with the Russian sniper back in the Minnesota lineup, let’s hope that’s the final time as he’s now dropped the gloves three times against the Wild this season after fighting twice the same night as the injury-causing body check.
One was a fight shortly after the hit and the second was a tough bout for Frederic against Marcus Foligno, who made certain the Bruins winger was going to answer for going after Minnesota’s best offensive player.
Frederic also assisted on Craig Smith’s goal a little later in the first period that put the Boston Bruins forward 2/3 of the way to a Gordie Howe hat trick with a lot of game still remaining on the road in Minnesota.