12/20/2014 09:34 EST | Updated 02/19/2015 05:59 EST

Willie Mitchell uses Kris Letang's helmet as weapon in fight

A first period fight in a game between the Florida Panthers and the Pittsburgh Penguins culminated in an unusual battle tactic. 

Panthers captain Willie Mitchell dropped the gloves with Penguins defenceman Kris Letang. After a decent bout, referees attempted to break up the fight, but not before Mitchell used Letang's helmet against him. 

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Not the most orthodox fighting strategy.