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MacIntyre's ready to fight

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" "You know what? I go into a fight, I'm going into a fight to hurt you," he said. "I'm not going in there to play patty cake." Last February, the Penguins were involved in a high-profile, brawl-filled game with the New York Islanders where Eric Tangradi suffered a concussion at the elbow of rampaging heavyweight Trevor Gillies. The game reinforced the idea that fighting is indeed still an important part of the NHL game. With that in mind, the Penguins needed a replacement for Eric Godard, whose contract was expiring, so they signed MacIntyre in July. How would he handle a situation like the one that developed in the Islanders game? "I'm not 100 percent sure how. I didn't see the whole build up," MacIntyre said. "But maybe you have to go out there and set the tone and grab one of their younger guys, their skilled guys, and just be like, 'I'm sending a message here. Loud and clear. This is not going to be tolerated.' And if it is, somebody's going to have to pay the piper."

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