What??? I think Peltonen should match up well with Alexander Semin from the Caps. If this was something from a previous game, you've got to give Peltonen some credit for going after him, but Artyukhin is a top-flight heavyweight. Easy win for Artyukhin.
the announcer has a point. this fight didn't need to happen but to bad so sad. if peltonen didn't drop the gloves then i'ld agree but if you drop your gloves with a guy way bigger then yourself this is what'll happen.
Ok... Here's the scoop. Peltonen was upset about a check from Arty he received in January. Arty actually got a 2 game suspension for it. Obviously, Peltonen was still sore over the whole thing, as he dropped the gloves first, and went after Arty. Arty has a right to defend himself. Therefore, Peltonen got the beat down he apparently wanted.
Now, as for Arty being a punk for not fighting enforcers or whatever, I see your point. He's a big, exceedingly strong guy, which makes him appear to be a goon. However, that's not his role for the Lightning. David Koci is the team's enforcer. Arty is on the 3rd and 4th lines as a forechecker and a distracter. He's very good at dispossessing people of the puck and making them think twice about holding onto it too long. Don't make the mistake of thinking of him as something that he is not. His skills as a hockey player are more valuable than his fists. But, if you go after him, you'd best be prepared for a rough time.