Massive NHL brawl has multiple local connections
VANCOUVER, B.C. (WKTV) - A game between the NHL's Vancouver Canucks and Calgary flames got off to a fight-filled start when both teams used their fourth lines for the opening faceoff, Saturday night.
Defenseman Kevin Bieksa took the opening draw for Vancouver and a line brawl broke out as soon as the puck was dropped.
Involved in the brawl on the Vancouver Canucks' side were Rome native, Tom Sestito, who received 27 penalty minutes after a fight during a game just five days prior, as well as recent Utica Comets call-up, Kellan Lain, who ended his NHL debut just two seconds into it, after being ejected as a result of his involvement.
Both players received 5 minute major penalties for fighting, 10 minute misconduct penalties, and Lain was tossed out of the game before it even had a chance to begin.
The entire ordeal resulted in a total of 8 ejections, and 142 total penalty minutes between the two teams.
The game continued with depleted benches for both sides, and the Canucks ended up winning the game 3-2, in a shootout.
To watch the entire situation unfold, click on the video below courtesy of the Vancouver Canucks: