It took all of nine seconds for the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning to pop off.
You could sense it just before the opening faceoff on Saturday at TD Garden. Boston forward Garnet Hathaway and Tampa’s Pat Maroon roughhoused to the point that the officials had to separate them and reset, so you knew something could be brewing early on. But it was the Bruins’ Jakub Lauko and the Lightning’s Ross Colton that would throw the first shots, tangling almost immediately and tumbling to the ice.
Hathaway and Maroon then promptly said, ‘Welp, guess we’re doing this,’ and dropped the gloves. It was the second fight of the season between the two, the first coming in November, when Hathaway was still with the Capitals.
“It’s just the game,” Hathaway deadpanned.