Chris Stewart (right) aided teammate Marcus Foligno. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Photo: Sabres’ Chris Stewart pummels Dane Byers

BUFFALO – Late in the first period of Wednesday’s 6-1 exhibition win, Washington Capitals tough guy Dane Byers challenged Sabres winger Marcus Foligno to a fight. Foligno, who was playing his second game after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery, declined the invitation.

A second later, Sabres winger Chris Stewart zoomed in and pummeled Byers.

“It meant a lot, and obviously he’s a good team guy to stick up for anybody on this team,” Foligno said this afternoon inside the First Niagara Center. “Just goes to show you the type of player he is. So it’s great to have a guy like that on your team.”

Naturally, Foligno didn’t want to test his shoulder, especially against an unfamiliar opponent.

“A guy like that, I don’t even know who he is, really,” he said.

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