Johan Franzen and Ottawa's Chris Neil didn't throw many punches Thursday when they played – but the zingers back and forth since then have been heavyweight title worthy.
It was Franzen's turn Saturday, a day after Neil chided him for not wanting to fight late in Thursday's 6-1 Red Wings victory.
Franzen questioned Neil's playing ability.
"He thinks I'm not tough because I'm not fighting him?" asked Franzen. "What does he have, like 30 fights a year? And he's been doing it his whole career. I've never had a fight in my whole life.
"It's like me asking him to get hockey sense and good hands. It's kind of the same thing."
Thursday's game was only Franzen's second since returning from a concussion that forced him to miss 22 of 23 games since mid-December. Any sort of fight, especially one against an accomplished goon such as Neil, isn't a good way to stay healthy.
"For me, it's not a part of the game," Franzen said. "I'm not going to fight. It's easy as that. I've had enough concu...