Over the last four seasons, both of these two men have led the NHL in penalty minutes. Konopka led the NHL in fighting majors in 2010 with 33. In the 2008 season, Carcillo became the first player in seven years to eclipse the 300-PIM mark. In the past 10 years, only these two players have done so.
What should be noted about these physical, scrappy middleweights is that unlike some one-dimensional enforcers such as Steve MacIntyre, Colton Orr or Eric Godard, is that they are competent players as well. Konopka has an impressive faceoff winning percentage, and Carcillo once skated on the Flyers' first line alongside Mike Richards and Simon Gagne.
It was only fitting for two players with such similar styles would produce such a great fight.
Konopka was able to aggressively get the better of the fight's opening, but once Carcillo fell to his knees and got back up, he took over.
Carcillo has shown the ability to come back in a fight one other time this season. During a scrap with Jake Dowell, Carcillo took a shot on the nose, began bleeding and then unleashed a fury of rights, which sent Dowell down to his knees.
During this fight, Carcillo was unable to put Konopka down, but when the two men exchanged hard rights as the fight went on, Carcillo certainly landed better than Konopka.
It was a long, hard-fought scrap by both participants.