This was great.
On Sunday the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Islanders face off in an afternoon match up that was critical in nature for the Flyers who still have extremely slim hopes of making the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Flyers came into the game 7 points out of a playoff spot with the Montreal Canadiens and the Columbus Blue Jackets both currently standing in the way of that final Wild Card spot in the east and luckily they were able to walk away with a win in pretty convincing fashion.
In spite of the Flyers putting up 4 goals on the Islanders today and only giving up only 1 in return the highlight of the game did not come on the score sheet, unless you're counting penalty minutes that is. That is because during the opening moments of the game's third and final frame the fans in attendance and those watching at home were treated to a very rare fight between two players not known for dropping the gloves.
The fight actually began as a race for the puck between Philadelphia Flyers forward Travis Konecny and New York Islanders forward Jordan Eberle, a race that was won by Konecny. Eberle, having lost the opportunity to be first on the puck, instead delivered a stiff hit to Konecny that the young Flyers forward took exception to. Konecny immediately chased after Eberle and even tagged him with a couple of crosschecks to get his attention, a tactic that seemed to work wonders for Konecny.
In spite of the fact that both of these guys are known for being talented forwards and not fighters there was not all that much hesitation from either man as both exchanged a few words and decided to drop the gloves. Not only was the fact that they were fighting at all rather surprising, to put it mildly, but they also managed to actually put on a really good fight for the fans tuning in. Both men landed significant punches at different points in the fight and both men seemed to take the advantage from one another at different points during the exchange.
This is a very tough one to call.