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Oct 29, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Barclay Goodrow (23) fights with Boston Bruins right wing Brett Ritchie (18) during the third period at TD Garden. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)

A head-to-head with the San Jose Sharks was all it took for the Boston Bruins to get on the board with their first fighting major of the 2019-20 NHL season, as Brett Ritchie dropped the gloves with Barclay Goodrow in Boston’s 5-1 victory on Tuesday.

Ritchie’s fight came in the midst of a heated third period between the B’s and Sharks, headlined by almost-constant spats between Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and Sharks forward Evander Kane, and the Ritchie-Goodrow scrap just a minute before a hugging match of sorts between Brad Marchand and Sharks captain Logan Couture.

And Ritchie made sure his fight counted, to say the least.

This was the eighth fighting major of Ritchie’s NHL career, and (obviously) his first since joining the Bruins.

It was a fitting cap to a night that featured a whopping 104 minutes in penalties by the night’s end, and with both benches almost completely depleted by way of game misconducts and ejections.

The Bruins led the NHL in fighting majors last year, with 26.