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Fight with Oilers' Hall surprises Dorsett

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:19 AM ET

Derek Dorsett’s job is to agitate.

It’s how the former Medicine Hat Tiger made it to the NHL and how the Columbus Blue Jackets winger is going to stay in it.

So it’s no surprise Dorsett got under the skin of the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.

What was surprising, however, was that Taylor Hall snapped on Dorsett, jumped him in the second period and then was injured in the ensuing fight.

“I just finished my check on him, I was going to skate away and he just grabbed me and started punching me,” Dorsett said. “I dropped my gloves and away she went.

“I was kind of surprised that he threw his gloves off and punched me. It’s not the typical type of guys that I usually fight. But I’m also not going to let him drop his gloves and punch me. If he does that, I’m going to drop my gloves.”

Selected in the seventh round — 189th overall — of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Dorsett, 24, adds sandpaper to the Blue Jackets lineup.

He went into Thursday’s contest with three goals, seven assists and 121 penalty minutes on the season.

Dorsett has 14 fighting majors this year and earlier in the contest dropped the gloves with Oilers defenceman Jason Strudwick.

“That battle in front of the net with Strudwick turned into a pretty good fight,” Dorsett said. “That’s the way I have to play to stay in the league. I have to be a hard guy to play against. I wish I could have done a little more tonight, but it was just one of those games

“I don’t think we were prepared for the game. They’re a young team that has a lot of speed and they were buzzing around. We got sloppy and were turning to many pucks over.”

Dorsett finished the game with three registered hits and 12 penalty minutes.

Hall was injured after falling awkwardly on his ankle at the end of the fight.

“I’m not sure what happened,” Dorsett said. “I hit him and he just kind of fell. I’m not sure what happened when he got hurt.”

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