In case you missed it, things got ugly between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Vancouver Canucks last night and almost all of it stemmed from an ugly head shot delivered by Lightning forward Danick Martel on Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher.
Martel received just a two minute interference minor for blatantly hitting Stecher in the head, which obviously, the Canucks did not take too kind too. From there the rest of the second period was pretty much a free for all with Jake Virtanen and Erik Gudbranson both absolutely mugging Martel on the next shift.
Here’s the hit:
Here’s Gudbranson sucker punching Martel:
From there, things only got more heated as Lightning forward Cedric Paquette took a run at Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson. Brock Boeser took exception to the hit and tried to get Paquette in a head lock, eventually Ben Hutton came in and took Paquette down to the ice in what ended up being a HUGE Battle Royale. Check it out:
The Lightning would go on to win the game, but at the very least the young Canucks can take a moral victory on this one. The team wasn’t pushed around, which is really saying something for such a young squad.