Many roll their eyes when two heavyweights halfheartedly engage in a “staged fight.”
There’s some novelty when smaller-to-average-sized players square off, especially for guys who rarely do so … and especially when at least one of those fighters is a big star.
As you can see above, the usual give-and-take made way to a fight, which the officials allowed to take place (maybe with some bemusement?).
This was the fourth NHL fight, according to Hockey Fights.