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Ehlers' feisty in Jets win

Jets forward records third career NHL fight Sunday afternoon

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets

WINNIPEG - Nikolaj Ehlers had a season high four game point streak come to an end Sunday afternoon.

But the end of Ehlers' point streak wasn't what people wanted to talk about after a 3-2 Winnipeg win over the Anaheim Ducks.

A first period fight with Ducks' forward Ryan Getzlaf was the buzz in the room following the game. This isn't the first time the Danish forward has shown sin in his game - a couple games ago he got up in Jamie Benn's business. While he wasn't credited with a fight then, he sat for five on Sunday. To repent, you know.

"Well, same weight class right?," joked Ehlers who now has three career fights in the NHL.

"I had bad period and he gave me a cross check after a pass and - yeah."

Video: POSTGAME | Nikolaj Ehlers

Getzlaf has a fifty pound advantage on Ehlers and Benn thirty pounds. So you can understand his teammates concern about his decision making when it comes to choosing opponents to fight with.

"He's a sick, sick man," smiled Blake Wheeler when asked about Ehlers' desire to tussle.

"Going after Jamie Benn a couple of nights ago and now Getzy, so we're going to have to talk to him about that a little bit. I mean outside of that what can you say. What a hell of a job by a little guy, that dude's got some fire in his belly."

Ehlers had five points over his four-game streak but he along with the Jets looked a little rusty during the opening frame. While he is not the first choice on the team to drop the gloves to inspire the group, Ehlers hoped that his bout gave his teammates a little bump heading into period two.

"I think at the beginning of the game we weren't 100 per cent there," said Ehlers.

"We were still working but we couldn't put it together and we started doing that so yeah."

Considering that Ehlers play as of late with Blake Wheeler and Jack Roslovic on the Jets second line the last thing Paul Maurice wanted to see was 27 deciding to defend himself against the Ducks captain.

"That was foolish wasn't it?" said a smirking Paul Maurice.

"But God bless him, don't do it again, ever."

Anytime this situation pops up there is the debate about if a skilled player should be fighting especially in the first period of a game.

"No problem with the spontaneous events that happen on the ice and good for Nicky is truly tougher than a lot of people think," said Maurice.

"He's got a pretty good uppercut and I don't want Nik fighting. I don't want him getting hurt but good on him for him getting to a level where he couldn't take it anymore. He wasn't very happy with his game and there's some emotion that has to go into doing something like that. So we like that part of it. If it happens, it happens. But neither one of those players can afford to break something and be out of the lineup for a long period of time. So it's not something we encourage."

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