Who knew the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Vancouver Canucks harbored so much hate for one another?
Wherever it came from, the apparent bad blood between the two teams was certainly flowing at a steady pace on Tuesday night in Vancouver.
Gourde, not impressed with being turnbuckled, took exception and the two squared off. He got five for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct. Roussel was assessed two for roughing and five for fighting.
From there, Canucks defenseman was forced out of the game after an apparent head shot from Lightning forward Danick Martel.
Martel was skating back through the neutral zone when he saw that Stecher had the puck near the boards. The hit looked innocuous at first, but replays showed that Martel seemed to extend his shoulder into Stecher’s head.
Stecher left the game and the Canucks said he wouldn’t return.
With tempers already boiling, things got completely out of hand with under a minute left in the period.
Paquette received two for roughing and five for fighting. Canucks d-man Ben Hutton, who can be seen below throwing bombs, also got a fighting major.
In total, 14 penalties were doled out, with those adding up to 48 minutes in the second period alone.
Quite the game, one that Tampa won 5-2 in the end.