Brett Gallant one-punched Matt Kassian in his first NHL fight

Ryan Kennedy

The New York Islanders’ Brett Gallant got to the NHL the hard way. At six-feet-tall and 190 pounds, he doesn’t have typical enforcer size, but scrapped his way from undrafted ECHL free agent to call-up duty with the Isles. And in his first regular-season game, he dropped Ottawa Senators mountain Matt Kassian:

Kassian, aka ‘The Kassassin,’ is no gentle giant. The 6-foot-4, 232-pounder has fought many of the usual suspects this season, including Krys Barch, Jay Rosehill and Frazer McLaren. But Gallant caught him with a stunner in this tilt, meaning the Islanders winger now has something else on his resume besides his infamous polite helmet removal pre-season fight with Barch.