Frazer McLaren (38) knocks the helmet off of New York Islanders defenseman Matt Carkner
Apr 18, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Frazer McLaren (38) knocks the helmet off of New York Islanders defenseman Matt Carkner (7) during a fight in the first period at the Air Canada Centre.
This looks like Wrestlemania as Rangers defenseman John Moore takes down Panthers winger Jack Skille. For Moore, a 22-year-old acquired earlier this month from the Blue Jackets in the Marian Gaborik trade, it was the first regular-season fight of his NHL career.
Off with your head!
What a great shot. Leafs enforcer Frazer McLaren gets the best of the Islanders' Matt Carkner (who we identified via jersey number).
The Senators' Zack Smith (left) uses an interesting tactic to his advantage as he blinds the Hurricanes' Nicolas Blanchard.
Winnipeg forward Eric Tangradi loses his helmet in this bout with Tampa Bay's Nate Thompson.
Ottawa's Matt Kassian (right) and Tampa Bay's B.J. Crombeen go at it on March 23.
New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo goes after Montreal Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk (27) during a scrum.
Daniel Sedin (22) and Henrik Sedin (33) of the Vancouver Canucks scrum with members of the Phoenix Coyotes after Alexander Edler was penalized for a five-minute major penalty.
Fistful of power
Buffalo Sabres left wing John Scott (32) and Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Frazer McLaren (38) exchange blows during the first period.
Linesman Don Henderson separates Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes and Adam Henrique of the New Jersey Devils during a skirmish late in the third period.
The Phoenix Coyotes' Antoine Vermette gets taken down by the Vancouver Canucks' Keith Ballard during the second period.
Calgary captain Jarome Iginla takes matters into his own hands as he fights Dallas' center Cody Eakin on March 18.
Sabres defenseman Robyn Regehr (24) tries to land a punch while also scrunching his shoulders for turtle-like protection against Senators right wing Chris Neil (25) during the second period at First Niagara Center.
Battered and bloodied
Minnesota Wild left wing Mike Rupp (27) battles through a cut next to his eye and bloody knuckles while holding his ground against Colorado Avalanche left wing Patrick Bordeleau (58) in the first period at the Pepsi Center.
Look at me!
Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid (54) and Capitals center Matt Hendricks (26) rear back for punches during the third period at TD Garden.
Captains Dion Phaneuf (3) of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Andrew Ladd (16) of the Winnipeg Jets fight during first period action on March 12, 2013 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Right cross coming
Chris Thorburn (22) of the Winnipeg Jets and Colton Orr (28) of the Toronto Maple Leafs let the fists fly during a first-period fight at the MTS Centre on March 12 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Dukes in Dallas
Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas (3) and Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher (12) fight during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Predators won 4-0.
Hey break it up!
St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund (21) and San Jose Sharks center Andrew Desjardins (10) fight during the first period at the Scottrade Center.
Don't step on me
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas (75) steps on Florida Panthers right wing Kris Versteeg (32) in the second period at the BB&T Center. Versteeg, who scored earlier in the game, injured his knee on the play.
Washington's Troy Brouwer (20) and Tom Poti (3) scuffle with New York Rangers Derek Stepan (21) and Ryan Callahan (24) during the third period in Washington on Sunday, March 10. We're not sure who won this little brawl, but the Rangers won the game 4-1.
Bruins winger Shawn Thornton (left) gets ready to lay a hard punch on Flyers center Zac Rinaldo.
Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid (right) fights Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser March 7 in Boston.
Edmonton Oilers right wing Mike Brown (left) and Detroit Red Wings right wing Jordin Tootoo square up March 7 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
Fighting in OT
Buffalo Sabres left wing Tyler Ennis (63) and New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac fight during overtime March 7 at the Prudential Center in Neward, NJ. The Devils won, 3-2, in a shootout.
Dance of the fists
Pittsburgh defenseman Deryk Engelland (in black) lands a punch during a fight with Tampa Bay left wing Pierre-Cedric Labrie during the first period of the Penguins' 4-3 win on March 4.
Where am I?
The Flyers' Zac Rinaldo (right) has Ottawa's Kaspars Daugavins in a tough spot.
Devils star Ilya Kovalchuk does the Hanson brothers proud as he chops at the Sabres's Patrick Kaleta.
What a Maroon
The Wild's Zenon Konopka (right) gets an arm free to land a blow against the Ducks' Patrick Maroon during the second period at Honda Center on March 1.
Hug and hit
Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno (left) and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Sheldon Brookbank fight at close quarters during the first period at the United Center on March 1.
If you want to destroy my sweater ...
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Daniel Carcillo (left) tugs at Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Nikita Nikitin during their second-period fight on March 1.
In your face
Stu Bickel of the New York Rangers lands a punch to the face of B.J. Crombeen of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Feb. 28.
Officials attempt to break up a scrum between the Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins at the end of the first period on Feb. 28.
Better stay behind the glass
One Dallas fan is really enjoying the confrontation between Sam Gagner of the Edmonton Oilers and Brenden Dillon of the Dallas Stars on Feb. 28.
Hey, look at that
Fans shoot the action on their cell phones as the Phoenix Coyotes' Oliver Ekman-Larsson lands a punch on the Minnesota Wild's Clayton Stoner during the third period on Feb. 28.
Who called this meeting?
Linesman Jay Sharrers breaks up a scuffle between Phoenix Coyotes center Kyle Chipchura (left) and Minnesota Wild left wing Mike Rupp during the first period on Feb. 28.
Buffalo Sabres left wing John Scott has the jersey over the head of Florida Panthers right wing George Parros, but Parros obviously already landed some shots in the first period on Feb. 28.
New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs push and shove during the second period on Feb. 28.
Two officials stand nearby as Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Jay Harrison (right) and Pittsburgh Penguins defensemen Robert Bortuzzo (41) fight during the third period on Feb. 28.
Eat some glove
Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson gives Minnesota Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner a faceful on Feb. 28.
The Canucks' Dale Weise gets poked in the eye as he fights with the Coyotes' Kyle Chipchura on Tuesday in Vancouver.
Dale Weise of Canucks (left) and Kyle Chipchura of the Coyotes duke it out in Vancouver on Tuesday.
Goalie goes at it!
Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun fights with Panthers center Tomas Kopecky on Tuesday night after Kopecky scored in the second period. Kopecky finished with a hat trick in Florida's 6-4 win.
Here we go!
The evening of Feb. 25 was a busy night for the NHL's top pugilists, and this one was one of the better ones. Dallas Stars left wing Eric Nystrom (No. 24) and Nashville Predators right wing Brandon Yip squared off in the second period at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The Predators won the game in OT, 5-4.
It's not Bruins-Canadiens, but the Kings and Ducks sure don't like each other. Add to that Anaheim's hot start and Los Angeles' early-season, post-championship slumber and everybody is looking to prove something on the ice. On the scoreboard on Feb. 25, the Kings prevailed 5-2 to end the Ducks' six-game winning streak. During the game, LA's Jordan Nolan (far left) and Sheldon Souray spent some time in the penalty box after this scrap at Staples Center.
But here's your winner
When a forehead is busted open, it's tough to top for the night's top fight honors. So Feb. 25's main event goes to Tye McGinn of the Philadelphia Flyers and Mike Brown of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and this first-period scrap in Philadelphia.
Down goes Brown!
And while the Maple Leafs ultimately prevailed on the road 4-2, Philly's Tye McGinn ended this fight with a takedown of Mike Brown.
NHL stars Joe Thornton (right) of the Sharks and Jamie Benn of the Stars throw down on Feb. 23.
A team thing
No one on the Leafs and Senators can seem to get along during this game on Feb. 23.
Get the jersey
The Flyers' Wayne Simmonds (left) and Jets' Chris Thorburn try to get an edge during a fight on Feb. 23.
Break it up
Linesman Jonny Murray gets between Nashville's Patric Hornqvist (left) and Detroit's Patrick Eaves on Feb. 23.
Enjoy the battle
Kings center Colin Fraser (24) and center Jordan Nolan (71) are separated by officials as they engage with Colorado's Jamie McGinn (11) and P.A. Parenteau during the second period on Feb. 23.
Glass up against glass
Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (left) fights with Pittsburgh Penguins center Tanner Glass during the first period on Feb. 20.
Tampa Bay's Keith Aulie (left) and Toronto's Mark Fraser go at it on Feb. 19. The Lightning defeated the Maple Leafs, 4-2.
The New York Islanders' Matt Martin, left, fights with the Philadelphia Flyers' Wayne Simmonds during the second period Monday, Feb. 18 at Uniondale, NY.
Two unlikely combatants, Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (left) and San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton, tug at each other, to the delight of the Chicago crowd on Feb. 15.
The Hurricanes' Kevin Westgarth and the Maple Leafs' Colton Orr duke it out Thursday in Raleigh, N.C.
New York vs. New York
The Rangers' Arron Asham (right) and the Islanders' Eric Boulton tangle Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. The Islanders won 4-3 in a shootout.
Colorado Avalanche left wing Patrick Bordeleau (58) and Phoenix Coyotes left wing Paul Bissonnette (12) fight during the second period Monday at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Keeping the refs busy
New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes players fight during the third period Monday at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Carolina won 6-4.
Who swings first?
San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt Pelech (42) and Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Jared Boll (40) fight in the first period Monday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Pittsburgh Penguins' Robert Bortuzzo (41) and New Jersey Devils' Ryan Carter (20) fight just four seconds into the first period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Pittsburgh. Both were penalized for fighting.
Feb. 10, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres right wing Patrick Kaleta (36) and Boston Bruins center Gregory Campbell (11) fight during the first period at First Niagara Center.
February 10, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New Jersey Devils center Ryan Carter (20) and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo (41) fight during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center.
The Devils' Krys Barch (22) and Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland engage in a healthy fight on Feb. 9.
On the money
The Canadiens' Brandon Prust slugs the face of Chris Neil of the Senators.
Can't bear to watch
Maple Leafs forward Frazer McLaren (right) and Jets forward Chris Thorburn have their eyes shut while throwing punches on Feb. 7.
Fight of the year?
Certainly the Flyers' Zac Rinaldo (right) and the Lightning's B.J. Crombeen certainly had a doozie Tuesday night in Philadelphia. This blow that knocked Crombeen's helmet off was just one of many blows in the fight.
Before Rinaldo knocked Crombeen's helmet off, he landed this shot.
Putting up a fight of his own
The fight wasn't all about Rinaldo pummeling Crombeen. While Rinaldo got in the best shots, Crombeen had Rinaldo reeling a bit, too.
Coming to a teammate's defense
In Tuesday night's game in Columbus, the Blue Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky (right) sent the Kings' Rob Scuderi (not pictured) into the boards. With Scuderi down, teammate Mike Richards (left) jumped in and fought Dubinsky, the two of them drawing nearly 40 minutes in penalties for the incident.
The fever is spreading
Also on Tuesday night, the Islanders' Matt Martin (far left) dropped the gloves with the Penguins' Tanner Glass in the first period at Uniondale, NY.
Sizing each other up
Carolina's Kevin Westgarth (No. 8) and Toronto's Frazer McLaren drop the gloves and hook up Monday night. But once they decided to go ...
... they went
McLaren lands a right to the head of Westgarth, knocking the Hurricane's helmet loose.
Referee Bryan Pancich grabs hold of Colorado's Matt Hunwick once he gets Dallas' Antoine Roussel onto the ice bringing to an end their fight during Monday's game in Denver.
Hold on tight
Devils winger Krys Barch ducks as Islanders defenseman Matt Carkner holds his jersey and gets ready for a punch on Feb. 3.
Talk about power
Sabres center Cody McCormick tries to hide as Panthers defenseman Tyson Strachan goes all out in a fight on Feb. 3.
The Sabres' John Scott is getting the better of this one against the Panthers' George Parros on Feb. 3.
Montreal's Brandon Prust winds up to punch Buffalo's Steve Ott on Feb 2.
Push comes to shove
St. Louis Blues center Scott Nichol (left) and Columbus Blue Jackets center Derek MacKenzie square off during the second period on Jan. 31.
Winnipeg Jets center James Wright gets Florida Panthers right wing Scottie Upshall pinned up against the boards on Jan. 31.
That's gotta hurt
Montreal's Brandon Prust (8) lands a punch on Ottawa's Chris Neil during a fight in the first period at the Scotiabank Place on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Neal might have taken a beating here, but his Senators cruised to a 5-1 home victory.
Want to dance?
Montreal center Ryan White and Ottawa center Zack Smith (15) mix it up just 1:27 into the Jan. 30 contest at the Scotiabank Place.
Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner lands a right-handed punch to the face of Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll during the second period at the Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Both players finished with an assist, but Stoner and Minnesota came out on top 3-2.
Check out the fan ...
... in the Air Force sweater. He has a great view of this first-period fisticuffs between Florida defenseman Keaton Ellerby (4) and Tampa Bay right wing B.J. Crombeen (19) at the Tampa Times Forum on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The host Lightning prevailed 5-2.
Two for Tootoo
Detroit right wing Jordin Tootoo squares up Dallas left wing Eric Nystrom in the opening period at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Tootoo, whose Red Wings won 4-1, managed to get into two first-period fights — the second against the Stars' Brenden Dillon.
Nashville Predators left wing Richard Clune (left) and Phoenix Coyotes center Kyle Chipchura (24) fight as NHL linesman Mike Cvik (88) looks on during the first period at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz.
Landing a punch
Carolina Hurricanes' Tim Gleason (right) hits Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic (17) while fighting during the first period Jan. 28.
That can't feel good
Washington Capitals center Matt Hendricks (26) brings Winnipeg Jets right wing Chris Thorburn (22) to the ice during a fight in the third period Jan. 22 in Washington. The Jets won 4-2.
Break it up
Shawn Thornton (left) of the Boston Bruins fights Matt Martin of the New York Islanders Jan. 25 at the TD Garden in Boston.
Lemme at him!
Columbus Blue Jackets' Derek Mackenzie (left) is separated from Michael Frolik (67) of the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period Jan. 26 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Chicago defeated Columbus 3-2.
Don't stretch the collar
Phoenix Coyotes center Kyle Chipchura (24) and Los Angeles Kings left wing Kyle Clifford tussle during the second period Jan. 26 in Glendale, Ariz.
Ya got something in your ear, eh
Maple Leafs right wing Colton Orr (No. 28) and Rangers left wing Mike Rupp fight during their Jan. 26 meeting at Madison Square Garden.
Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart (No. 7) and Avalanche defenseman Ryan O'Byrne throw down on Jan. 26 at HP Pavilion.
Ottawa Senators right wing Chris Neil (right) and Tampa Bay Lightning right wing B.J. Crombeen mix it up on Jan. 25 during the first period at Tampa Times Forum.
Evening the score
Here, the Rangers' Stu Bickel (No. 41) gets the better of the Flyers' Tom Sestito in another bout in the same game.
Everyone's out to get you
When you're the champ, your opponent wants to beat you up each night you take the ice. On Jan. 24, that was a literal statement, as Edmonton's Ladislav Smid (No. 5) squares off with the Los Angeles Kings' Jordan Nolan in the first period in Edmonton.
New York Rangers center Brian Boyle (left) and Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid tug and throw punches during the first period at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 23.
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland (left) and Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Colton Orr trade blows during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh on Jan. 23.
Winnipeg Jets' James Wright, rear, and Washington Capitals' Steve Oleksy (61) fight during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Thursday, March 21, 2013.