Earlier this season, if you'll recall, the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers took part in a line brawl, headlined by Ray Emery's attack on Braden Holtby.
Makes for great debate and entertainment.
The teams have played a few times since that meeting, each one a mashing of bodies selling hate as the NHL does. But it didn't boil over the same way it did four months ago. Not until Wednesday night anyway.
Initiated by hard hits from John Erskine on Vincent Lecavalier and Luke Schenn on Ryan Stoa, the Caps and Flyers went at it again in an important divisional game. We didn't get a goalie fight this time, but we got another mass scattering of equipment.
The Flyers won the game 6-4 to pad their playoff cushion by a couple more points. The Capitals are still one point back of Columbus for the final wild card berth.
The hate grows. Please hockey gods, bring us a playoff series.