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Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher gets caught up in Twitter fight

Montreal Canadiens' Brendan Gallagher might be out for six weeks but that didn't stop him from butting heads with a retired NHL enforcer.

Former NHL player Jim Kyte loses his cool online, states Habs' forward has 'no honour'

Habs' forward Brendan Gallagher is expected to miss at least six weeks after hand surgery. (Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Montreal Canadiens' feisty forward Brendan Gallagher, who is out for six weeks with two broken fingers, found a way to stay busy on Saturday.

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Retired NHL enforcer Jim Kyte instigated an off-ice fight with Gallagher on Saturday by suggesting that the Habs' player had no honour.

Gallagher quickly called Kyte out later that afternoon.

The 23-year-old Edmonton native tweeted video from Kyte's fighting days with the Winnipeg Jets in 1985.

Kyte fired back, saying that he had only been standing up for a teammate during that game where he punched former Pittsburgh Penguins' star Mario Lemieux in the face.

He also accused Gallagher of playing dirty on purpose.

Gallagher was having none of Kyte's criticisms as he cheekily quipped that the game had evolved since Kyte's days.

The Twitter feud escalated quickly.

Kyte, who describes himself as an "opinionated NHL alumnus", didn't go easy on Gallagher.

He suggested that Gallager lacked the talents to play at a professional level.

The Habs' player taunted Kyte, saying that he was lucky they never met on ice.

Gallagher's tweets ended there but not before Kyte made one last dig.

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