The Florida Panthers went to Dallas to face the Stars Tuesday night.
It was a game you didn’t want to miss, especially if you are a boxing or MMA fan.
Three minutes into play James Reimer went down hard with an injury and looked as if a Stars player had been the cause of Reimer going down.
That ensued many Panthers players grabbing jerseys and ready to swing, with most of the action coming from a hot headed Keith Yandle, who then was called for the penalty.
After Sateri comes in for an injured Reimer, the fighting didnt stop.
Michael Haley drop gloves with Radek Faksa and once the fighting stop Haley can been seen mouthing to the Dallas bench “You’re next!”.
Haley was called for fighting 2-minutes, minor instigator 2-minutes served by Bjugstad and misconduct 10 minutes.
Though, Coach Bob Boughner was trying to call for penalty against Faska whose jersey was taken off but that was due to his jersey strap not being attached.
Jersey straps are a uniform requirement for all players to avoid their jerseys getting pulled off during a fight and if not strapped down, it would be a 2-minute penalty.
After about 10-minutes of calm play Faska got into a scuffle with Derek MacKenzie and on the other side of the ice Alexander Petrovic and Dillon Heatherington were also going fisticuffs.
Petrovic served five for fighting, two for roughing and ten misconduct.
Those penalties obviously lead to an eventual power play and goal.
By the way, that was just the first period, definitely a game that needed to be seen to believe.
The intermission proved to calm everyone’s nerves as the Panthers went into the period without fighting.
The Stars scored first in the period at the 6:43 mark taking the lead 2-0.
Micheal Haley finally came back into the game and was called for cross checking, followed by Vincent Trocheck being called for tripping which led to a 5 on 3 Stars power play and goal.
The Stars having the 3-0 advantage over the Panthers then toyed with the inexperienced goalie Sateri and the rest of the team by trying to draw penalties and angering them more, which worked.
As Stars center Jason Dickinson went to check Mark Pysyk, he swiftly avoided the hit and Dickinson swung his stick, crashing into Pysyk’s face, and replay shows it was done purposefully.
That move led to another confrontation between the two teams, with Aaron Ekblad giving Dickinson some words.
As Ekblad was giving Dickinson his two-cents, Pateryn gave him a shoved and sparked anger from none other than Haley, who came so irate the referees stopped him before it turned physical and gave him a 10-minute penalty. Haley fired off more expletives and earned another 10-minute penalty, closing him off for the rest of the game.
Panthers were able to get a goal later in the period of a power play by Aaron Ekblad but were still down 3-1.
The Stars continued the irking physical play and ultimately sealing the game by scoring three more goals for a 6-1 lead just past the half mark in the third.
Panthers eventually decided on ending the game with more fighting as Connor Brickley took the gloves off and 13-seconds later Jamie McGinn too.
In total, the game had 6 fights resulting in 96 of the 138 total penalty minutes.
Micheal Haley had 39 total minutes.
James Reimer’s injury update will most like be Thursday before they face the Washington Capitols.
The team recalled goaltender prospect Samuel Montembeault from their AHL affiliate in Springfield, serving as Sateri’s backup until Reimer or Luongo returns.
Though, the aggressive and team backing play is good to see, the fighting was a definite distraction.
Like I said above, the Panthers face the Capitols Thursday night, puck drops at 7:30 p.m. at the BB&T Center.
You can hear it here on 640 The Hurricane.