Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien is a mountain of a man. At 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, he’s one of the most imposing physical figures in the game. And while Montreal Canadiens Brendan Gallagher has never been one to shy away from the physical game, the 5-foot-9, 182-pound right winger may have been wise to dodge an open-ice collision with Byfuglien.
In the first period of Sunday’s game between the Jets and Canadiens, a bouncing puck got through the neutral zone and was headed into Winnipeg’s end with Byfuglien and Gallagher giving chase. The reach of Byfuglien was enough to poke the puck away from Gallagher, who was then absolutely trucked by the Jets blueliner:
That’s nearly a full flip from Gallagher. Thankfully, he landed safely and was able to get up before running into the pileup that was caused in response to Byfuglien’s hit. Byfuglien was handed a two-minute minor for elbowing and a total of eight minutes in penalties were dished out in the ensuing scrum. That includes Gallagher being sent off for high-sticking Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd.
It was Gallagher who got the last laugh, however. Though he didn’t find his way onto the score sheet, Gallagher helped the Canadiens to a dominating 5-1 victory. Gallagher would draw another penalty — this time a holding call on Winnipeg defenseman Toby Enstrom — in the second period, which led to Lars Eller’s power play goal for Montreal’s fifth tally on the night.