The loss some Lightning fans feel this morning may be greater than just a Game 3 defeat.
Some of them lost a lot of love for Brian Boyle.
Boyle, who was a Tampa Bay fan favorite from his time with the Lightning and even during his returns this season as a member of the New Jersey Devils, ended the Devils' 5-2 victory in Game 3 Monday in a fight with Lightning rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev.
Boyle is 33 and 6 feet 6. Sergachev is 19 and 6-3. When the fight was over, Boyle appeared to taunt Sergachev saying, "I'm going to kill you."
Here's a look at what set off the fight, the fight itself, the aftermath and the reaction — all of which could add a lot of spice to Game 4 Wednesday in New Jersey:
What ignited it
Looks like incidental contact, but Sergachev's elbow catches Coleman pic.twitter.com/RvjUlshhnv— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) April 17, 2018
The start of the fight
Brian Boyle's cheap stick nonsense on Sergachev, met with some fisticuffs pic.twitter.com/LlatYgYXJk— love, stephen (@dolewhipz) April 17, 2018
How ya like Brian Boyle now, Lightning fans?— Tom Jones (@TomWJones) April 17, 2018
Brian Boyle enjoying this a little too much: pic.twitter.com/gEbbOnQzWw— Brandon A. Baylor (@BrandonBWFTS) April 17, 2018
Me thinks that Sergachev woke up the Devils.— Brian Wilde (@BWildeRecrutes) April 17, 2018
I lost all respect for Brian Boyle after he made that death threat to Sergachev— Justin Kalil (@Justin_kalil_67) April 17, 2018
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