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GOTTA SEE IT: McMichael Drops The Gloves, Fights Kelly After Hit On Carlson



Washington Capitals Connor McMichael

After sitting as a healthy scratch for the first four games of the season, Connor McMichael finally got the call to draw in for the Washington Capitals and make a statement against the Ottawa Senators. And in his first game back, he did just that.

At the tail end of the second period with the game tied 2-2, Parker Kelly landed a huge check on John Carlson. McMichael didn’t take a liking to that at all, and dropped the mitts in his first career NHL fight.

It wasn’t much of a tilt, as one of his gloves stayed on while he tackled Kelly to the ground. They didn’t exchange many punches. Both were given five-minute fighting majors in what was a penalty-filled period for the Capitals.

Here’s the showdown:

McMichael has only fought once in his entire hockey career, last dropping the gloves back in 2018 while he was still with the OHL’s London Knights.

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For the 21-year-old, it’s quite a way to step up in his first game back. McMichael played under six minutes up until that point, and he’s looking to make his way back into the lineup full-time with Connor Brown out long-term.