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Today’s Isles-Lightning game featured dueling opening-faceoff fights

Jan 21, 2013, 3:36 PM EDT

It didn’t take long for the gloves to drop in today’s matinee between the Islanders and Lightning on Long Island.

If you don’t like staged fights, you probably didn’t like that.

Nor would you have liked the way yesterday’s Penguins-Rangers game kicked off when Arron Asham and Tanner Glass went at it.

Of course, neither of those matched this Rangers-Devils opening faceoff last year.

Based on the crowd’s reaction to all three incidents, fighting still has its proponents.

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