The Battle for Alberta between the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames remains one of the fiercest rivalries in all of hockey, and goalies Mike Smith and Cam Talbot did their part to keep the rivalry flame burning right in the teams' latest matchup.
The two goalies dropped their gloves and duked it out at center ice, with Smith serving as the aggressor and connecting with Talbot several times before the tensions eventually simmered down and play resumed.
The style and grace might be lacking, but the brutality certainly isn't.
Perhaps Talbot should have worried more about protecting his own net than trying to take down Smith, as Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl helped the Oilers slot eight goals past Talbot in a dominant 8-3 win over the Flames.
On the scoreboard, and in terms of the fight, Smith was clearly better than Talbot on Saturday. Luckily, this won't be the last time these two goalies or teams see each other.