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Early in the first period of the Flyers-Capitals game, Troy Brouwer delivered a hard (but clean) hit on Philly’s Erik Gustafsson. Gustafsson crashed into the door to the Caps bench and forced it open, which Scott Hartnell considered ungentlemanly.

Hartnell challenged Brouwer to a fight at 5:33 of the first. They spent a long moment duking up, staring each other down, and adjusting their carrot-y curls (that last one does not apply to Troy).

Hartnell connects once, but we think this one was a draw.

NBC’s Brian Engblom reported that the officials later asked the Capitals about the door opening. He reports hearing the players say,”the door was closed. The violence of the hit forced the door to open.”

Dale Hunter then told him,”It was a good clean hit. The guy tried to get to the red line, and then Brouwer answered the bell. That’s hockey.”

What did you think of the fight? Win/Lose/Draw?