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Lightning's Austin Watson Starts Brawl At End of Game By Intentionally Injuring Predator Player With Slap Shot

Published December 8, 2023 at 11:32
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A crazy brawl broke out at the end of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nashville Predators game last night as Auston Watson tried to injure a Preds player with a slapshot.

Watson Takes Unnessesary Slapshot at Lauzon in Final Seconds of Play



It's becoming less and less common to see line brawls occur during NHL games, and even less common to see them happen at the end of a game. However, this wasn't the case in last night's Lightning-Predators Game.

In the dying seconds of the game, the Lightning's Austin Watson took a slapshot directly at Predators defenseman Jeremy Lauzon. The shot was pretty unnecessary, as the Lightning were down 5-1 in the game. The shot immediately started a line brawl near Tampa's bench.


Austin Watson drilled Jeremy Lauzon with a slap shot at the very end of tonight's game.

Not sure what he was thinking. Brutal.


Watson was given a misconduct on the play and an unsportsmanlike penalty.

Watson's Second Time Stirring It Up Last Ngiht



Just ten minutes prior to this incident, Watson was involved in another that saw him drop the gloves with Cole Smith. Maybe this was what kept his blood boiling until the end of the game?

Austin Watson and Cole Smith drop the gloves. 🧤


The shot was clearly a dirty move and should be looked at by Player Safety. Interestingly, Watson spent the first part of his career playing for the Nashville Predators, before leaving for the Ottawa Senators and then the Tampa Bay Lightning this year.
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