Video: Bruins, Canes get in three first period fights, including Zdeno Chara vs. Jay Harrison

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It’s easy to get annoyed by the old joke “I went to see a fight and then a hockey game broke out,” but the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes tested the limits early on Saturday.

The first period of tonight’s game featured three fights. While Zdeno Chara dropping the gloves would headline almost any card, let’s go ahead and post them in order, so you can really get an idea of the “narrative.”*

First, Shawn Thornton fought Kevin Westgarth about 14 minutes into the opening frame:

A little more than four minutes later, Chara scuffled with Jay Harrison:

(Apparently those two don’t especially like each other. Hockey Fight’s Encyclopedic database shows that they also engaged in some fisticuffs on Oct. 18, 2011.)

Finally, Gregory Campbell danced with Nicolas Blanchard with about 30 seconds left in the period:

It’s believed that some hockey was also played in between those bouts, but we’ll have to do a little more research to confirm those rumblings.

* Using the word “narrative” like you would when describing the plot of just about any Jean Claude Van Damme movie.