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Lemieux and McCarty square off at puck drop

In a November meeting the following season, Lemieux and McCarty were able to square up just seconds after the puck was dropped to start the game. This fight was, of course, in reaction to the sucker punch and full-on assault McCarty placed on Lemieux in the bloody meeting the previous March.

Being early on in the season, this fight showed the league that neither franchise was willing to let bygones be bygones. The rivalry was on in full force.