At American Airlines Center in Dallas, the visiting hockey team exits the ice via a tunnel across the ice. The visiting coaches sometimes take the walk across the ice, but often times they'll just stroll down to the Stars bench and walk down the tunnel.
That's what Philadelphia Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette did following the first period of their game against the Stars on Wednesday night, and given the tone of that first 20 minutes, his interaction with the visiting players wasn't exactly typical.
It's not exactly clear who started what, but it all stems back to the action on the ice. Both teams had been physical all period long, with the Steve Ott notably going after Claude Giroux of the Flyers, just back from a concussion, toward the end of the period.
Something was almost certainly said about that between Laviolette and Ott there in the tunnel, and you have to think that's what precipitated the incident here.
On the flip side, the Flyers had been physical with some of the Stars ... uh, stars, in the first period as well, and that could have precipiated Ott's actions towards Giroux. The timeline always get lost somewhere in the mix, but neither team is completely innocent. It'll be fun to see this on HBO 24/7 next week, though, that's for sure.