If there is a Ryan Kesler fan club, Jarome Iginla isn’t the president. The two players have gone to war on various occasions since Kesler broke into the NHL during the 2003-04 season. When the Boston Bruins took on the Vancouver Canucks last night, the two added another chapter to their storybook rivalry.
At the 13:36 mark of the first period, the two ended up out on the ice together and it didn’t take long for them to find each other. A fight ensued, and Jarome Iginla badly dislocated his finger during the scrum.
Prior to this season, taking off your helmet before a fight didn’t result in a penalty. Iginla typically would remove his headgear before taking on an opponent because, well, hard plastic shells meant to protect the head against high-impact trauma can seriously mangle a hand.
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) December 15, 2013
A dislocated finger would keep other athletes in other sports on the shelf for a month. Iginla was back out on the ice at the beginning for the second period, presumably after having his digit serviced in the locker room.
Jarome Iginla: finger like a Salvador Dali painting in the first period, back playing in the second period. Hockey.
— Adam Proteau (@Proteautype) December 15, 2013