The teams had already combined for 70 penalty minutes, through two periods, 17 of which belonged to Pens forward and well-known troublemaker Steve Downie.
Downie, who was already sent to the box in the first period for a roughing minor, got into a scuffle with Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson about six-and-a-half minutes into the middle frame and threw a punch while the blue liner was defenseless on the ice.
To top it off, Downie taunted Gudbranson about the pair's height difference while being escorted off the ice. Gudbranson checks in at 6-foot-5, while Downie is 5-11.
For his antics, Downie earned himself a nice 10-minute misconduct in addition to his fighting major.
Certainly another banner moment in Downie's illustrious career. He came into Saturday's game as the league leader with 118 penalty minutes this season, 42 more than second-place Cody McLeod of the Avalanche.
Downie did, though, notch two assists on the night, helping the Penguins to a 3-1 win. Pittsburgh improved to 22-6-4, maintaining a first-place tie in the Metropolitan Division with the Islanders, who also won Saturday. The Panthers dropped to 14-9-8.
- Judy Cohen