Apr 17, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Referees attempt to break up a fight between members of the Colorado Avalanche and the Minnesota Wild during the second period of game one of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Playoffs 2014: Wild forward Kyle Brodziak roughs up Brad Malone (GIF)

The Minnesota Wild are in the fight of their life with the Colorado Avalanche in Game 2 of their opening round series and that fight is both metaphorical and literal. Late in the second period of the game, Wild forward Kyle Brodziak got a bit too physical with Avalanche winger Brand Malone and ended up getting sent to the penalty box as a result.

But it’s not just that Brodziak picked up a penalty on the play, which lead to an aggressive power play attack by the Avalanche, it’s how he picked up the penalty. Brodziak either had something to say to Malone or he got his ha caught in his chin strap — and it’s unlikely to be the latter.

Credit: Zombie Prophet

Credit: Zombie Prophet

The Wild got lucky and held killed the penalty but they are already in a hole against Colorado and committing penalties and constantly having to send out the penalty kill unit isn’t a good strategy to pick up goals.

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