LONDON,ON - SEPTEMBER 12: Brad Thiessen of the Pittsburgh Penguins gets set to stop a shot in a game against the Toronto Maple leafs during the NHL Rookie Tournament on September 12,2010 at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario, Canada. The Penguins defeated the Leafs 2-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Playoffs aren’t usually the time for line brawls, but every now and then, the emotion gets the better of two teams, especially if the game is already out of hand. That’s what happened Saturday between the Providence Bruins and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins during their AHL playoff game.
With the P-Bruins trailing 3-0 in their second-round series with the Penguins, things got a little out of hand in front of Penguins goalie Brad Thiessen. At 14:37, a Providence player fell into Thiessen and that set off just about everyone on the ice. The two teams paired up and started to scrap all over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton zone. When it was all said and done, 52 penalty minutes were handed out for the altercation.
Just a couple of minutes later, as the Penguins scored to make it 4-0, Providence goalie Niklas Svedberg slashed Paul Thompson in front of the Providence net, and that led to another brouhaha.
Game 6 is slated for Monday in Providence.
See all of the pugilistic action in the video below (starting at 6:45) with a stick tap to Yahoo’s Puck Daddy blog.