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Smith Engages In First NHL fight

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PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 21:  Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins is checked in the face by Brendan Smith #2 of the Detroit Red Wings during a preseason game at Consol Energy Center on September 21, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Penguins defeated the Red Wings 3-2.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 21: Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins is checked in the face by Brendan Smith #2 of the Detroit Red Wings during a preseason game at Consol Energy Center on September 21, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated the Red Wings 3-2. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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–Rookie defenseman Brendan Smith, in just his sixth NHL game, got into his first fight and got the better of fellow rookie Andrew Shaw. It was a lengthy bout, with a lot of punches thrown. The fight occurred after Shaw took offense to Smith’s hit on Chicago star Patrick Kane. Although Smith didn’t want to fight because the Wings were already short-handed on defense, he was determined not to back down.

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