Punching up the intensity
More frequent hockey fights may be due to the four-month lockout
A SHORTER SEASON apparently equals shorter fuses for NHL players, who have come out swinging in 2013. The number of fights per game has spiked, from 0.44 in 2011-12 to 0.55 through Feb. 25 -- while the percentage of games with fights (41.4 percent) is the league's highest since 2001-02.
The poster boy for pugilism? Sharks forward Ryane Clowe, who racked up 35 penalty minutes, including a fighting major, in one game on Jan. 27 and was suspended two games for leaving ...
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ESPN The Magazine: March 18, 2013