In a heavyweight tilt just 26 seconds into Wednesday night's game in Toronto, six-foot-five Maple Leafs tough guy Frazer McLaren took on six-foot-three Dave Dziurzynski of the Senators.
McLaren ended the fight violently and decisively when he caught Dziurzynski with a right to the chin, toppling him face down.
Dziurzynski was slow getting up and eventually needed help from two teammates to skate off the ice. He did not return to the game, with the Senators citing a concussion as the reason for his absence.
"I hope he's OK," said McLaren, who appeared concerned for his opponent immediately after the fight ended.
McLaren, noting the Leafs had a flat start last time out, said he asked Dziurzynski to fight.
"I was just trying to get us going early. I asked him [to fight] and he actually said no, so I thought we weren't going to go and then he ended up dropping his stuff there when the puck dropped," he said. "He's a big guy and he actually gave me a few good ones early there.
"It was just a lucky punch. It happens sometimes."
McLaren needed eight stitches to repair a cut on his chin opened during the fight. He took another four for a gash on the cheek caused by a stick later in the game.
Toronto scored three unanswered goals after the fight to take a 3-0 lead, and went on to win 5-4.With files from The Canadian Press