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Video: Kyle Okposo cuts Matt Niskanen in fight

May 3, 2013, 8:54 PM EDT

Despite falling behind 3-1 in the first period, many (reasonably) believed that the New York Islanders were frequently taking Game 2 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday. The crowd is divided on how much of it had to do with a fight, though.

After Matt Niskanen landed a hit on Matt Moulson, Kyle Okposo engaged in his first NHL fight with the Penguins defenseman. If you judge a scuffle by how each player looked afterward, it’s easy to give the win to Okposo:

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Want to just see the blood? SBNation captured it in GIF form:

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The impact of that fight might cause some debate.

Some will say it was just a matter of time for an aggressive Islanders team. Those who tout the momentum-generating powers of fights would likely counter that the Islanders scored about 15 seconds after the round of fisticuffs.

Either way, the contest is up for grabs as the score was tied 3-3 going into the final frame.

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