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Byfuglien celebrated Game 2 goal with face punches for teammates

Jets defenseman hit Ehlers, Stastny after Scheifele scored

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Some players hug or high five teammates after goals, but Dustin Byfuglien apparently has a different way of celebrating.

The excitable Winnipeg Jets defenseman punched teammates Nikolaj Ehlers and Paul Stastny in the face after Mark Scheifele's game-tying goal late in the third period of Game 2 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Nashville Predators.

"It actually was pretty hard," Ehlers said Tuesday. "That's just the way [Byfuglien] is. He was punching everyone in the face. Next time I'll be more careful."

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Cameras captured the punches from Byfuglien in the celebration scrum after Scheifele evened the game at 4 at 18:55 of the third period. It may have caught Ehlers off guard, but the punch wasn't a stunner to the rest of the Jets.

"That doesn't surprise me with that guy," defenseman Ben Chiarot told Sportsnet. "You have to be on your toes around him. You never know what he's going to do."

Jets coach Paul Maurice was impressed with Ehlers' ability to withstand Byfuglien's best shot.

"Don't underestimate [Ehlers]," Maurice said Tuesday. "Clearly he can take a punch, but he can give one back too."

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