What do you usually get when NHL division rivals battling for first place meet on back-to-back days? Usually a lot of aching players with even sorer dispositions.
On Sunday night, New Jersey Devils' Ryan Carter and Pittsburgh Penguins Robert Bortuzzo didn't waste any time getting that fact across by dropping the gloves and tossing their helmets just four seconds after the opening puck was dropped.
Both players landed some powerful punches, but it was the bigger Bortuzzo who ended up on top of the Devils winger.
The Devils had the last laugh and went on to complete the home-and-home sweep over the weekend — both by 3-1 scores. It was the fifth straight win for the Devils.
These two teams do not like each other right now.