The Philadelphia Flyers and the Ottawa Senators have just completed what can only have been described an as absolute barn burner between the two franchises. The Saturday afternoon game between these two was a rough affair from the very first period onward and if the ending of today's contest is any indication of what we can expect from these teams in the future then this one may be far from over indeed.
Both teams clearly came to play today and it really started to heat up quite a bit by the time the game's opening first period had come to a close. It was the Ottawa Senators who really lit the match that sparked the proverbial fire on Saturday when a devastating hit from Ottawa Senators veteran defenseman Mark Borowiecki absolutely laid out Philadelphia Flyers forward Travis Konecny.
The hit appeared to leave both men the worse for wear however and both would immediately leave the game following the impact. It is too early to tell exactly what happened but it does seem as though the heads of both men collided with one another on the play, leaving Konecny rocked and leaving Borowiecki with a sizable gash on his forehead for his efforts. That hit however only seemed to anger the Flyers however and it was only a few short seconds later that we would see Flyers star Jakub Voracek drop the gloves with Ottawa Senators forward Nick Paul. It seemed like both men were itching for a fight here and both got it, however there was not much of an exchange here on the part of Voracek.
Either Voracek very badly overestimated how much he wanted to trade blows with Paul or simply underestimated his opponent here, but it was just a few short blows on the part of Paul with no return fire from Voracek before the Flyers forward took him down to the ice.
Things continued to escalate from there and we even saw another rather uneventful scuffle at the start of the second period between these two, with Ottawa's second goal being the only other truly noteworthy moment from that period. Ottawa Senator Brady Tkachuk and Philadelphia Flyer Scott Laughton were going back and forth the entire game however and that finally came to a boil in the third when Tkachuk seemed to snap on Laughton. Laughton scored what would eventually become the game winning goal and taunted Tkachuk on his way back to the Flyers' bench for good measure, leading to this.
Again, if this is a sign of things to come this one may not be over.