The Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs combined for just seven shots in the first 10 minutes of their game Thursday, but fourth-line grinders Kevin Westgarth and Colton Orr made sure to keep the opening frame interesting.
Carolina's Westgarth and Toronto's Orr squared off for more than 40 seconds of haymaker-laden action before the linesmen stepped in, earning matching five-minute majors just 2:05 into the night.
After a few cautious seconds of preparation, the two forwards lost all restraint and went for the knockout. The moments at 0:12 and 0:35 seconds are certainly worth watching, but a frenzied stretch between 0:20 and 0:26 is undoubtedly the highlight of the duel.
Both veterans have done this before.
With the fight, Orr accumulated his 115th NHL bout since his 2005-06 rookie campaign. He also boasts 80 AHL duels and 60 WHL fights to his name. The 30-year-old scrapper joined the Maple Leafs in 2009.
Westgarth has played in just eight of the 'Canes 13 games so far this year but has appeared in both games against Toronto. He squared off with the Leafs' Frazer McLaren just 2:53 into the two teams' first meeting.
Orr and Westgarth played just 6:13 and 7:03 minutes on the night, respectively, but their brief appearances were clearly more than worth it.
The Hurricanes, building on goals by Joe Corvo, Jussi Jokinen and Jordan Staal, went on to win the game, 3-1.
Mark Jones has been a Bleacher Report featured columnist since 2009, receiving almost a million views on his 450-plus articles to date.
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