With the fate of their coach and general manager potentially hanging in the balance, the Columbus Blue Jackets were fighting with their backs against the wall on Sunday night against the Anaheim Ducks.
So after Bobby Ryan answered Rick Nash's goal to tie the game in the first period, feisty Derek Dorsett got his team and the crowd going with this spirited bout against Sheldon Brookbank.
Solid scrap between two players that had exchanged headlocks in a game last season; but they weren't done. Neither were their teammates.
At 17:01 of the first period, Andrew Cogliano and Kris Russell met in a visor-vs.-visor fight — the third career scrap for Cogliano and the fifth for Russell, in case you couldn't tell.
"For a couple of guys who don't fight very often, they did a pretty good job of tying each other up for a while." This is not what you want to hear after a hockey fight. But hey, 'round of applause for the effort, and for showing Mike Milbury that mandatory visors won't actually end hockey fights.
Forty-four seconds later, Ryan Getzlaf decided he had enough of the Blue Jackets' aggressive play and yapping, taking his frustrations out on Cody Bass:
Things calmed down for most of the second period until the 18:17 mark, when Dorsett took a run at Brookbank, and the second scrap of the game between the two was sparked:
Although they left the ice, they didn't receive misconduct penalties.
About time the Jackets showed a little fight, huh? Columbus won the game, 3-1; did that just save Scott Arniel's job?
Thanks as always to HockeyFights.com for their service to our bloodlust.