Monday afternoon’s matinee tilt between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders got off to a rousing start, as the two teams engaged in some heavyweight fisticuffs off the opening puck drop.
In a somewhat rare occurrence, both head coaches sent out their “brusier” lines to start the game, and the ensuing fights made Guy Boucher and Jack Capuanos’ intentions quite obvious.
New York’s Matt Martin and Tampa Bay’s B.J. Crombeen immediately dropped their mitts after the puck drop; the Islanders’ Joe Finley and the Lightning’s Pierre-Cedric Labrie participated in their own battle soon thereafter.
In total, there were four fighting majors and two misconducts called—all just ONE second into the game—for a total of 24 penalty minutes.
Here’s the footage from Nassau Coliseum: