NHL Returns, and So Do the Fights

Seth Wenig/AP

The N.H.L. returned over the weekend to sold-out arenas and record opening-day television audiences. It also returned to fighting. The first 21 games featured 12 fights, including three that took place within the first two seconds of the opening face-off.

On Monday afternoon on Long Island, Matt Martin of the Islanders threw down his gloves and fought with B. J. Crombeen of Tampa Bay. A few feet away, the Islanders’ Joe Finley fought Pierre-Cedric Labrie. Both fights took place a second after the opening draw.

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