First came the goal, then came the fight.
Nearly 30 seconds after Buffalo Sabres center David Legwand opened the scoring on Friday night with his third goal of the season, Bruins forward Max Talbot dropped the gloves. Boston’s veteran forward met Sabres forward Johan Larsson at center ice, where the two exchanged a flurry of heavy punches.
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The fight was Talbot’s first of the 2015-2016 season and first since Dec. 5, 2014 when he went up against Jets forward Jim Slater as a member of the Avalanche. This bout was Larsson’s first of the season and just the second of his career.
Talbot failed to register a shot in 13 minutes of ice time and finished the night with an even plus/minus rating in the Bruins 4-1 to win over the Sabres. But his presence as part of the fourth line — alongside Zac Rinaldo and Landon Ferraro — was certainly felt.