As sporting rituals go, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” is about as Americana as it gets. Turns out the Canadian pastime has a version of its own.
Only, instead of “one, two, three strikes you’re out,” it’s “one, two, three fights you’re both out.”
Just take a look at what happened in Buffalo on Tuesday night.
While the visiting Florida Panthers and host Sabres were busy piling on the goals in an eventual 7-4 victory for Florida, the Sabres’ Evander Kane and Florida’s Alex Petrovic were piling on the penalty minutes, until the officials said no more.
The two combined for 58 penalty minutes — every second of them for an offense committed against one another — and, after dropping the gloves for the third time against each other, were ejected from the game with 7:57 to play and Florida ahead 6-3.
As far as the judges’ scorecard, the fans, much of social media and — as you can see in the video above — Kane himself all scored the evening 3-0 in favor of Kane. But Petrovic notched the Gordie Howe hat trick, adding a goal and an assist to his fighting exploits. Kane also had a goal, but no helper.
"I thought I’d try to get the crowd back into it a bit and kind of set the tone moving forward," Kane told the media after the game, adding "I just think we have to have a tougher mentality at home. I think that’s what we’ve been lacking here a little bit."
After enjoying the highlights, enjoy these historical — and amusing — notes about the tripleheader:
Evander Kane & Alex Petrovic are first pair of players to fight each other 3 times in a game since Bob Probert & Jody Shelley on Jan 10 2002