You might want to turn the sound on. (Vine via @SeanGentille)
The imagery above has been making the rounds on Reddit and Twitter this morning. It’s so glorious that I figured I’d share it with you.
On Tuesday night, as Mikhail Grabovski got the claws out with Zach Smith and an angry Cory Conacher tried to literally separate Eric Fehr’s head from his torso, Erik Karlsson and a late-arriving Mike Green embraced each other at center ice like long-lost bros. Instead of getting involved in the fracas, the two offensive defenseman caught up and enjoyed their front row seats to some hockey carnage. Wouldn’t you?
GIF via Reddit
While this moment is funny — especially in contrast to the violence happening behind them, I encourage you not to jump to any conclusions on each player’s toughness. Karlsson may be the only player in the history of hockey to successfully counter hit Alex Ovechkin and actually injure him. And while my lady friends tell me he should never take a punch to the face because he is so beautiful, Mike Green has had 15 career fights (including 3 in the NHL). Look at this man swing at Ilya Kovalchuk. That is malice!
Not every player on the ice has a settle to score in a scrum. And when they don’t, this is the adorable result.
Thanks to @gatalinka for first tweeting us the GIF.