Last week the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers opened their game with a three-on-three brawl involving Eric Boulton, Cam Janssen, Ryan Carter, Mike Rupp, Brandon Prust and Stu Bickel.
The event occurred after Devils coach Peter DeBoer (who, as the away team, must put their line out first) used a tough line of Boulton, Janssen and Carter to start the game.
Rangers coach John Tortorella was visibly upset at DeBoer and countered with his own tough line.
Events like this, though uncommon, have happened before. Here are brawls which were initiated before the drop of the puck.