Torey Krug says Chris Stewart ‘didn’t want to fight me’

Ducks’ Chris Stewart and Torey Krug each got five minutes for fighting in the first period.
Ducks’ Chris Stewart and Torey Krug each got five minutes for fighting in the first period. –Jim Davis/The Boston Globe

Torey Krug wanted to fight, and Chris Stewart did not.

Still, the unlikely fighting partners dropped gloves in Boston’s 6-2 loss to Anaheim Tuesday. It was Krug’s third fight of his 5-year career and Stewart’s 56th, according to HockeyFights.com. At 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, Stewart has five inches and almost 50 pounds on Krug. Misunderstanding the circumstances, broadcaster Jack Edwards called out Stewart for fighting with Krug. But the smaller guy was the instigator.

“I started it,’’ Krug said after the game, via NESN.com. “He didn’t want to fight me. It’s a mismatch. But at the end of the day, I don’t know. I didn’t like what happened there and got a little crazy.’’

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“… He’s a big guy, and obviously he’s done his fair share of fighting, so he didn’t want to fight a guy like myself. But it happened, he said, ‘Good job,’ and that was that.’’

The Bruins bench applauded Krug’s effort in the fight by banging their sticks on the boards as the two skaters headed for the pentalty box to serve their five-minute majors for fighting, but the Ducks scored four unanswered goals after the fight.

“To me, Torey dropped the gloves like he wanted to fight,’’ Bruins coach Claude Julien told NESN.com. “And I don’t think that took any juice out of our team. I think if anything, it kind of gave a little bit more, I guess, animosity to the rest of the game.’’

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