Is there something in the Zamboni fumes this season? What's with the star players suddenly deciding to take a stand and fight for their rights to hockey instead of pawning that job off on the goons? We've already seen tilts like Evgeni Malkin(notes) and Rick Nash(notes) during the preseason and then last night between Corey Perry(notes) and Pavel Datsyuk(notes).
That was about what you expected out of two offensive stars in a scrap. Lots of grabbing. Some pushing. Plenty of hesitation. A few slap punches and a flurry of fists before the two lose their balance and fall to the ice. Green's only NHL fight happened in the playoffs two years ago against Scottie Upshall(notes) of the Philadelphia Flyers. Kovalchuk's not quite experienced in the field of pugilism, but also he's no rookie with six career tilts according to HockeyFights.com.
The final five minutes featured four fights, including game misconducts for Capitals defenseman John Carlson(notes) and Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond(notes) of the Devils. PL3 was given an instigator with under five minutes to play and by rule should expect a one-game suspension unless it is reviewed and rescinded. New Jersey head coach John MacLean, in only his second game behind the bench, will be fined $10,000 because of the call on PL3.