Frustration hit a peak for the Pittsburgh Penguins, as they faced off and lost to their Metropolitan Division rivals, the Washington Capitals on Wednesday.
It got off to a nasty start, with Tom Wilson and Zack Sill dropping the gloves midway through the first period.
Tempers boiled over late in the third period, as Alex Ovechkin was called for a hold on Penguins defenseman Christian Ehrhoff after a collision along the boards. Ehrhoff was injured on the play, left the game and didn’t return. The hit, upon replay, appeared perfectly legal — just Ovechkin using his strength along the boards.
A melee ensued between players on both teams near the Penguins bench, with Ovechkin right in the middle of it.
The Capitals held a 2-0 lead heading into the third period, but the floodgates opened in the third, on goals from Eric Fehr and Mike Green.