By: Adam Gretz
As far as rivalries in the American Hockey League go, the one between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Hershey Bears is probably as good (and intense) as it gets. That's kind of fitting when you remember that they are the affiliates of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, which has been a pretty good NHL rivalry dating all the way back to the early 1990's and their Patrick Division days.
On Friday night Hershey picked up a shootout win in Wilkes-Barre, and Bears goaltender Braden Holtby was a little pumped up after stopping Nick Petersen's shot to secure the win, giving a series of fist-pumps as he skated toward center ice to greet his teamamtes. That, of course, resulted in some heated exchanges at the middle of the ice. Apparently Holtby's response was a bit of a retalliation for Penguins defenseman Simon Despres making a similar gesture following an overtime win earlier this season.
Here's the video, via Sweetest Hockey On Earth:
Holtby, one of the Capitals' top prospects, was issued a 10-minute misconduct after the game was over.