Wonder how hockey fights begin? Sure, often it's a retaliatory thing. Sometimes, the two guys just don't like each other.
Then there was the Canes' Tim Conboy and Chris Stewart of the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.
Conboy and Stewart once were teammates in Albany (AHL) and Conboy calls him a "good guy." But Conboy figured the Canes needed a first-period lift and Stewart seemed like a willing partner.
"I just went out there and asked him and he said, 'Sure, I'll go with you," a smiling Conboy said today.
Just that simple. So off they went, squaring off just after a faceoff and letting it fly. The fight got the RBC Center crowd going and got the Canes going in a 5-2 win.
The one downside for Conboy: a black eye.
"I'll give him the win — this time —because of that," Conboy said with a laugh.