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Fighting is part of the NHL, but so, too, is sportsmanship.
During the first period of Monday night’s , Wild forward Marcus Foligno and Sharks defenseman Nikolai Knyzhov got into a fight.
It was the first fight for Knyzhov, who was playing in his 20th NHL game. It was the 45th career NHL fight for Foligno since he entered the league in 2011-12.
It was a mismatch as Foligno tied up Knyzhnov and landed several big right-handed punches, cutting the defenseman’s face.
But Foligno, realizing his opponent was bloodied, called for the linesmen to break up the fight. Knyzhnov tried to get in a