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Gritty scraps with mite player, tosses him in penalty box

When one kid got out of line, the Flyers mascot handled the situation

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / NHL.com Staff Writer

To be fair, the kid started it. 

Gritty, the Flyers mascot, jumped in with a mites game during first intermission of Phildelphia's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday at Wells Fargo Center to deliver his brand of antics and tomfoolery, as he often does.

Only this time, one player was out for fur. 

Video: Gritty causes a stir during Mites on Ice

One of the mites tracked Gritty down and started swinging, but the 7-foot-tall squeaky sensation got the last laugh and issued what was probably the first-ever penalty in an intermission mites game. 

Gritty rebounded by being his best self behind the game's lone goal scorer during a postgame interview. 

You can't keep a good mascot down. 

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