The physical play picked up in Game 2 between the Red Wings and Lightning, and Danny DeKeyser punished Ondrej Palat with a questionable hit that caused tempers to flare.
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings may not be two teams that first come to mind when you think of physical play, but the bad blood between the two sides may have reached its boiling point in Game 2 of the opening-round series.
After a first game that saw its share of rough play, the hatred was flowing between the two teams early. After a rough and tumble first frame tempers reached their highest point of the series when Detroit defenseman Danny DeKeyser absolutely wallpapered Tampa Bay winger Ondrej Palat with a questionable hit.
With the Lightning on a power play, the puck found its way behind the Red Wings’ goal where Palat raced to beat Detroit defenders and maintain possession. As he reached the puck, Palat had his stick lifted by defenseman Alexey Marchenko and was crunched by DeKeyser. Take a look:
Palat remained down for a brief moment before getting to his knees, and he took his time skating to the Lightning bench during the ensuing scrum. The brouhaha between the two teams came on what the officials determined was a clean hit, though. When the dust finally settled, it was the Red Wings, not the Lightning, who found themselves with the man advantage.
Though the hit downed Palat for a moment, the Lightning winger was no worse for wear. He was on the bench for less than two minutes before hitting the ice again.