Who doesn’t like a good chicken? Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brian Boyle, that’s who.
After a brief skirmish with Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader, Boyle started flapping his arms like a chicken when his Red Wing adversary seemed unwilling to engage in an old fashioned exchange of fisticuffs. In Abdelkader’s defense, the Red Wing was playing with an injured hand, which appear to be covered with tape. NHL rules prohibit players with tape-covered hands from engaging in fights. Had Abdelkader dropped the gloves with Boyle, he would’ve been subject to a one-game suspension.
But all is fair in love and war...or a surprisingly nasty series where two teams normally known more for finesse than fists have been at each other’s throats through three games.
The Red Wings won a Game 3 they desperately needed, 2–0, to cut the Lightning's series lead to 2–1.