If the playoffs were to start today, the Flames and Blue Jackets would face each other in the first round. They’re certainly playing like it too. In the middle of a blowout win for Columbus last night, the two teams combined for 108 PIM during a rough and tumble second period.

Business picked up after Olli Jokinen and Rostislav Klesla dropped the gloves a few minutes into the period. They only received roughings, as did Dion Phaneuf and Fedor Tyutin. It only escalated from there. With less than five minutes left in the frame, Jared Boll laid a hard hit on Daymond Langkow near the benches. Players gathered immediately after and Klesla opted to fight Todd Bertuzzi. The two each got in a punch before falling to the ice. At the same time, Jim Vandermeer challenged Boll for the hit and they went back and forth in a solid tilt.

Other bouts on Thursday included the first-ever meeting between Raitis Ivanans and Krys Barch in Kings-Stars and a lackluster dance featuring Gregory Campbell and Daniel Carcillo right off the opening faceoff of Panthers-Flyers.

Videos added

Raitis Ivanans vs Krys Barch Mar 26, 2009 
Matt Clackson vs Matt Carkner Mar 25, 2009
Tom Sestito vs Nolan Baumgartner Mar 24, 2009
Kevin Harvey vs Tommy Maxwell Mar 24, 2009
Adam Keefe vs Alex Henry Mar 24, 2009
Ryan Reaves vs Brennan Evans Mar 24, 2009
Jeff Cowan vs Ryan Donally Mar 24, 2009
Grant McNeill vs Paul Crosty Mar 22, 2009
Benn Olson vs Jon Mirasty Mar 21, 2009
Grant McNeill vs Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond Mar 20, 2009 
Chris Minard vs Jonathon Kalinski Mar 20, 2009
Paul Bissonnette vs Matt Clackson Mar 20, 2009

We were unable to grab the fight from the Florida-Philadelphia game due to technical difficulties. We will add it as soon as we get it. The rest of last night’s clips should be added later today.

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