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Joe Thornton and David Backes start yanking each other's beards instead of fighting

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Immediate draw.

We all know the one rule about playoff hockey and fighting: the beards are off limits.

[gets handed a note from editor]

Wait, I've just been told that's not a rule. That explains what Joe Thornton and David Backes were doing to each other's faces in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

beardfight2

Why fight when you can immobilize your opponent through hair follicles?