That didn’t take long. Shawn Thornton and Matt Cooke fought more or less the moment that Cooke stepped on the ice. It was a solid enough duel and the larger(/righteously justified?) Thornton got the better of the least popular man in the arena. As the Penguins’ announcers were asking, one has to wonder if this will be the last incident of the night.
As far as the league is concerned, that’s a perfectly fine reaction. We’ll keep an eye on this game as it progresses. If anything else interesting (or violent) happens, we’ll pass it along.