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Brandon Carlo had no qualms about getting ‘dragged into the fight’ Friday, and that’s good news for Bruins

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He might not boast the same Herculean build as fellow B’s blue liner Zdeno Chara, but it’s not like you’re going to mistake Brandon Carlo for Nathan Gerbe when the Bruins defenseman hops over the boards for a shift. 

Carlo, now in his fourth full season with Boston, has seen his stock soar as one of Bruce Cassidy’s go-to defensive anchors — with his 6-foot-5 frame often entrenched at the front of Boston’s net during PK shifts. 

Give both his size and defensive instincts, Carlo is more often than not giving opponents fits when patrolling Boston’s zone. As for giving out welts to the opposition? Well, that’s a bit of a different story.

The tale of the tape might often swing in Carlo’s favor against most matchups in the NHL, but Carlo is usually not the first one called upon when it’s time to drop the gloves.

Even with his heavy minutes and taxing assignments, Carlo has often been on his best behavior throughout his early pro career — entering Friday’s road matchup against the Jets with only three fighting majors on his record, to go along with just 12 penalty minutes over 51 games in 2019-20.

But something rubbed him the wrong way up in Winnipeg. After all, he nearly doubled the amount of minutes he’d spent in the sin bin all year — and there was still a whole period of hockey left to play.