Canadiens fans react to Kotkaniemi's surprising first career fight (VIDEO)

Jan 17 2020, 6:48 am

The Montreal Canadiens got some much-needed spark from Jesperi Kotkaniemi, their 19-year-old Finnish forward on Thursday night, after his first career fight.

Kotkaniemi spent most of the third period sitting in the penalty box during the Habs 4-1 victory in Philadelphia after trading punches with the Flyers’ Robert Hagg.

Hagg hit forward Ryan Poehling from behind and the 19-year-old stood up for his teammate by dropping the gloves and in the end, Hagg.

Jesperi certainly added meaning to the “K-O” part of his last name.

Canadiens fans were quick to support the young centreman for standing up for his teammates.

While it was good to see Kotkaniemi FINNISH off Haggs, the Canadiens host old friend Max Pacioretty and the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday at the Bell Centre.