Minnesota goalie Cam Talbot skates down ice to join brawl with Red Wings goalie Alex Nedeljkovic
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We almost had a goalie fight between Cam Talbot and Alex Nedeljkovic.

All hell broke loose between the Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild on Thursday night. The two teams played a wild back-and-forth game at Little Caesars Arena.

At the end of the second period, a brawl broke out in front of the Detroit net. Minnesota goalie Cam Talbot skated down the entire length of the ice to join in on the action. Unfortunately, the ref prevented us from getting a Talbot vs Nedeljkovic goalie fight.

The scrum really escalates with Minnesota forward Jordan Greenway punching Detroit’s goalie Nedeljkovic. Red Wings’ rookie Lucas Raymond then takes down Wild defenseman Matt Dumba before Dumba returns the favor. Dumba punches Raymond in the head multiple times while he’s down.

You can see video of the brawl below. Talbot was able to get in the face of Nedeljkovic before the ref got in the way. The officials didn’t want a goalie fight Thursday night in Motown.


There were five total minor penalties handed out as a result of the brawl. Nedeljkovic got a two-minute roughing penalty on Greenway, while Talbot got two minutes for “leaving the crease”. The Wild wound up getting the extra penalty to put Detroit on the power play.

Minnesota won the game 5-4, with Matts Zuccarello and Kevin Fiala netting goals in the shootout. Aside from the brawl, the game also featured a wild blooper goal on Detroit goalie Nedeljkovic. This game really had a little bit of everything.

It’s not surprising to see Talbot involved in some NHL rough stuff. You might remember the last goalie fight in the NHL included Talbot when he was playing for the Calgary Flames. Talbot fought Edmonton Oilers’ goalie Mike Smith in a heated Battle of Alberta rivalry game.

We’ve had some close calls for goalie fights in the NHL over the past year, but referees have intervened quickly. After what transpired Thursday in Detroit, hockey fans will need to wait even longer to see two tendies go at it.