If there was any indication that the early stages of the Kings' meeting with the Columbus Blue Jackets on October 26th would get a bit rough, well...
Obliterated roof tiles were just the start to the damage to be done on that Sunday afternoon matinee affair at the corner of Figueroa St and Chick Hearn Blvd.
The first 2:26 minutes of the contest featured 24 penalty minutes.
Less than two minutes in, Matt Greene stepped in to challenge Columbus’ Corey Tropp to a fight after the Columbus forward laid a questionable hit on Justin Williams in the neutral zone.
Things would settle down thereafter, right?
A mere 30 seconds after the early fight, while the teams were lining up for a neutral zone faceoff next to the Kings’ bench, Jordan Nolan decided to continue to push the envelope – and Scott Hartnell’s buttons.
While Hartnell was positioned for the faceoff on the left wing, Jordan Nolan gave the Blue Jackets’ veteran forward a ‘friendly’ tap on the shoulder as he sat on the bench.
It didn’t sit so well with Hartnell.
Hartnell got a two-minute minor for his stick-swinging retaliation...
Have you ever seen Darryl Sutter flinch??
Now you have!
The game settled down after Nolan's antics, with only 10 penalty minutes called during the final 57-plus minutes of play.
The Kings went on to beat the Blue Jackets 5-2.
Calm. Cool. Collected. The Refs Never Saw It.