Leave it to the Ottawa Senators and Philadelphia Flyers to keep things chippy.
On Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center, the teams accumulated 126 penalty minutes -- including 10 fighting majors in the third period -- in a 6-2 Flyers victory. Although, by the sound of the postgame quotes, it was just another day at the office.
"It's not something you want to see on a regular basis," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette told the Philadelphia Daily News. "You always worry when you see something like that. But it's part of the game, too. That's the way we had to play."
Ottawa left winger Nick Foligno seemed underwhelmed by his role in the madness -- participating in a third-period fight with Philadelphia right winger Claude Giroux.
"Yeah, I just didn't like the way he hit our guy," Foligno told the Daily News. "I think [Giroux] was a willing partner, too. He's a stand-up guy as well. He knew it and he wanted to probably get into it as well. He was looking for a partner and found me and it was a good fight."
Maybe those guys aren't impressed because they know about the bloodbath that happened when the teams locked horns six years ago.
On March 5, 2004, the Senators and Flyers combined for an NHL-record 419 penalty minutes in a tussle which featured five consecutive brawls in the final two minutes. The previous record was 406 by the Minnesota North Stars and Boston Bruins on Feb. 26, 1981.
"When Ottawa comes in, crazy things happen," Wells Fargo Center PA announcer Lou Nolan told the Daily News. "It's OK. As long as we got the win."
So keep up the good work, Senators and Flyers. Still, you have a long way to go to make us forget 2004.