Anaheim and Los Angeles squared off for the fourth time this season Saturday afternoon, and it took less than seven minutes for a line brawl to break out. The Kings’ Andy Andreoff and Ducks’ Kevin Bieksa were both booted from the game as the teams combined for 66 penalty minutes.
This may come as a surprise, but the Kings and Ducks aren’t very fond of one another. Case in point, less than seven mintues had passed in Saturday’s contest between Los Angeles and Anaheim, their fourth meeting of the season, before tempers flared.
The brouhaha was sparked Saturday shortly after the Ducks had iced the puck in the first period. Kings winger Kyle Clifford was back int he Kings’ zone when the icing occurred and turned up ice following the whistle only to run right into Ducks winger Corey Perry. That set the entire thing off.
Clifford and Perry began to shove, Anaheim defenseman Kevin Bieksa skated in to get involved, Los Angeles blueliner Luke Schenn delivered a few shots of his own and two fights broke off. One of the tilts saw Bieksa trade blows with Andy Andreoff, while the other saw Kings newcomer Kris Versteeg drop his gloves with Rickard Rakell.
When the linesmen could finally separate the two teams, the officials got out their notebooks and started filling up the game sheet. For the Kings, Schenn landed a misconduct, Clifford a roughing minor, Versteeg a fighting major, and Andreoff received a fighting major and game misconduct. But it was Anaheim that took the extra penalty, as Perry got a minor for roughing and another for unsportsmanlike conduct, Jamie McGinn received a misconduct, Rakell a fighting major and Bieksa, like Andreoff, was hit with a game misconduct on top of his fighting major.
The punishments for Bieksa and Andreoff may seem stiff, but it was called by the letter of the law, as the scrap between Versteeg and Rakell was ruled to be the first fight to occur as a result of the scrum. Per rule 46.7: “A game misconduct penalty shall be imposed on any player who is assessed a major penalty for fighting after the original altercation has started.”
All told, the teams combined for a whopping 66 penalty minutes before the first period had even reached the halfway point. Unfortunately for the Ducks, though, that also meant they were left to play the rest of the contest with five defensemen.