San Jose Sharks rookie Knyzhov takes a few punches, earns respect

He has played in every game this season. The respect level went up another notch Monday during an otherwise forgettable night for the Sharks, as the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Knyzhov had the temerity to fight the more seasoned Marcus Foligno late in the first period of what became a 6-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Foligno’s hit on Knyzhov at the 8:22 mark of the first period may have lit the match, as later in the period the two players dropped the gloves for what would turn out to be a one-sided fight.