Kesler and Toews drop the gloves off the opening face-off

Now THAT'S a spirited scrap! Let the boys go!

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In case you missed it, the Anaheim Ducks dumped the struggling Chicago Blackhawks 6-3 at Chicago’s United Center earlier today, but not before Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and Ducks pugilist Ryan Kesler renewed acquaintances at center ice.

With the Ducks up 2-0 to start the second period, Toews decided that enough was enough and took his first fighting major of the 2017-18 season. The hate between these two star players is palpable , check it out:

Now THAT’S a classic hockey fight. Two players throwing REAL punches, not just hanging on for dear life and hoping that the ref breaks things up before they get hurt. These are two multi-millionaires chucking knuckles with reckless abandon. In other words: we love it!

The only thing that would have made this tilt better is if the game had any bearing on the standings. Sure, the Ducks are desperate for points as they try to lock down a Wild Card spot in the Western Conference, but the Blackhawks are all but out of the playoff picture at this point. Strange, right? Usually at this point in the season both the Ducks and Blackhawks have nailed down a playoff spot and they're merely using the last 15-20 games of the season to rest their players and tweak their lineup. Oh how the times have changed.

For what it's worth, both Toews and Kesler have struggled offensively this season. The 29-year-old Toews is set to put up the worst stat line of his entire career this season with just 17 goals and 43 points in 65 games. Ouch. Kesler does deserve some slack though as injury has prevented him from playing much of this season. Still, the 33-year-old has just six goals and eight points in 27 games. Double ouch.