In a throwback display of truculence which mirrored a not-so-uncommon way of starting a game 'back in the day, ' Nazem Kadri and Joe Thornton dropped the gloves and went at it in Toronto Thursday night before numerous ACC's patrons even had a chance to take their seats.
Before the puck drop, Sharks center Joe Thorton and Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri lined up at center ice and apparently had some aggression that needed to be released at one another.
Television cameras caught Thornton and Kadri jawing before the contest's initial faceoff, and both men dropped gloves seconds after the game's start. As a result, a portion of the beard was ripped straight out of his face.
"I ended up with a piece of it in my hand", Kadri said of the fight.
"I thought I was a hockey player, not a barber". I didn't mean to grab him there. I couldn't reach all the way across his shoulder.
Fortunately, or unfortunately if you want to be a downer about it, Sharks players did come away with a souvenir as they recovered the locks from the ice.
"I've seen a lot of things over 25 years of coaching", Sharks bench boss Pete DeBoer told reporters after the game.