It didn't take Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers and Kevin Bieksa of the Anaheim Ducks to go at it on New Year's Day.
Less than two minutes into Sunday's game, the two players had already dropped their gloves and started fighting.
However, this fight was unlike most others in NHL history in that Simmonds ended up shirtless at the end.
In the video below, Simmonds' "fight strap," which is supposed to prevent a player's jersey from being pulled off during a fight, breaks, allowing him to completely shed his shirt and his shoulder pads before the end of the scuffle:
Fight straps are important because not having a jersey on is considered an advantage for a fighter, due to the fact that it leaves his opponent with nothing to grab on to. If Simmonds hadn't been wearing a fight strap, he would have faced a potential game misconduct penalty.
Whatever the cause of the fight, it was clearly resolved by the end, as Simmonds gives Bieksa a pat and both teams applaud their players as they skate off the ice.
Simmonds couldn't help but laugh as he gathered up his clothes and headed toward the penalty box. However, it was the Ducks who got the last laugh, as they earned a 4-3 shootout win over the Flyers.
With the win, Anaheim improved to 19-12-8 and has a total of 46 points, good for fourth place in the Western Conference. The overtime loss dropped the Flyers to 20-14-5 with 45 points, good for the No. 6 spot in the Eastern Conference.
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