Punching up the intensity

More frequent hockey fights may be due to the four-month lockout

Originally Published: March 7, 2013
By Chris Gigley | ESPN The Magazine

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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