The fireworks were lit early in Monday's game between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens.
Defenseman Alexei Emelin managed to flip burly forward Milan Lucic with a well-executed hip check.
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara took exception to the hit and was assessed a roughing minor for seeking retribution.
Hockey fans can always count on a measure of roughhousing when these two teams meet.
Feature photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports/Bob DeChiara