|Mike Commodore did more than fight Calgary's Tim Jackman Tuesday night. The Red Wings' defenseman also had two hits and three blocked shots. (Photo by Getty Images) |
– Earlier this season, defenseman Mike Commodore
offered a challenge, but the Flames’ Tim Jackman chose not to reciprocate.
At the time, it was Commodore’s first game-action in well over a month and when Jackman didn’t oblige his request, the Red Wings’ defenseman wasn’t overly disappointed.
“It just didn’t happen,” Commodore said at the time. “And that’s fine because I had enough on my plate, to be honest, I probably would have lasted about four-seconds and been exhausted.”
It was a different story Tuesday night when Commodore again extended an invitation to Calgary’s tough guy in the Wings' 3-1 victory at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
This time the two squared off deep in the Wings’ zone with the fight lasting 13-times longer than Commodore thought a December bout with Jackman would have lasted. And though he received a small cut along the left eyebrow, Commodore provide the energy which is expected of him from the Wings’ coaching staff.
“It just happened to work out,” said Commodore, about his second fight as a Red Wing. “I wouldn’t say that the game was chippy or anything like that, but it sometimes works out like that where you run into each other. It was fine.”
At 6-foot-4, Commodore has been in the lineup in five of the last six games, and 12 of the last 18, giving the Wings a physical presence on the blue line in that sixth defensive spot, that coach Mike Babcock says is still up for grabs between Commodore and Jakub Kindl
Besides the five-minute major Tuesday night, Commodore also had a game-high three blocked shots with two hits, including a big first-period hip check on Jackman, which probably helped pave the way for their later fight.
“Obviously anytime a guy steps up for his team you really appreciate that and that’s a positive thing,” Babcock said. “He worked hard, so we’re just looking for someone to grab that job and hold on to it, because you don’t want to be going in and out on a nightly basis.”
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