Matt Carkner didn't play in Game 1 for the Ottawa Senators. When he was put in the lineup for Saturday's Game 2 against the New York Rangers, he knew his job was to make Brian Boyle answer for a few questionable hits that went unanswered in Game 1. He may have gone a bit too far.
Just 2:15 into the game, Carkner made a bee line across the ice to Boyle. He delivered a check, the two exchanged a few words, and then Carkner dropped his glove and sucker-punched Boyle in the face. A melee ensued, and there were casualties.
As you can see in the second GIF there, Brandon Dubinsky came flying to his teammate's aid, just a split second before every player on the ice joined in the festivities. For that, Dubinsky was handed a two-minute minor for roughing and a game misconduct for being the third man in on the altercation between Carkner and Boyle.
Carkner, meanwhile, was given two minutes for roughing, a five-minute major for fighting and a game misconduct, likely for sucker punching a guy in the face.
Dubinsky wasn't happy with the call, even though it was essentially out of the hands of the officials. As he made his way back to the locker room, he took out his frustration on an unsuspecting Gatorade cooler.
The Rangers were unable to score on the ensuing five-minute power play.