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NHL Fight Video: Watch Kevin Westgarth and Colton Orr Exchange Haymakers

RALEIGH, NC - FEBRUARY 14:  Colton Orr #28 of the Toronto Maple fights with Kevin Westgarth #8 of the Carolina Hurricanes during the first period at PNC Arena on February 14, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Mark JonesSenior Analyst IFebruary 15, 2013

The Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs combined for just seven shots in the first 10 minutes of their game Thursday, but fourth-line grinders Kevin Westgarth and Colton Orr made sure to keep the opening frame interesting.

Carolina's Westgarth and Toronto's Orr squared off for more than 40 seconds of haymaker-laden action before the linesmen stepped in, earning matching five-minute majors just 2:05 into the night.

After a few cautious seconds of preparation, the two forwards lost all restraint and went for the knockout. The moments at 0:12 and 0:35 seconds are certainly worth watching, but a frenzied stretch between 0:20 and 0:26 is undoubtedly the highlight of the duel.

Both veterans have done this before.

With the fight, Orr accumulated his 115th NHL bout since his 2005-06 rookie campaign. He also boasts 80 AHL duels and 60 WHL fights to his name. The 30-year-old scrapper joined the Maple Leafs in 2009.

Meanwhile, Westgarth's career fight totals now stand at 33 in the NHL and 66 in the AHL. The 29-year-old winger was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings a week before the season began.

Westgarth has played in just eight of the 'Canes 13 games so far this year but has appeared in both games against Toronto. He squared off with the Leafs' Frazer McLaren just 2:53 into the two teams' first meeting.

Orr and Westgarth played just 6:13 and 7:03 minutes on the night, respectively, but their brief appearances were clearly more than worth it.

The Hurricanes, building on goals by Joe Corvo, Jussi Jokinen and Jordan Staal, went on to win the game, 3-1.

 

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