Video: Devils and Rangers Start Game With Fights – March 19, 2012

And the NHL wonders why it can’t attract a wider audience.

Look, you can argue that fighting is part of the sport until you’re blue in the face, but only a limited audience really want to see this kind of activity on a regular basis. You fight in basketball, you get ejected. You fight in baseball, you get ejected. You fight in football, you get ejected. You fight in hockey, they make you rest for a couple of minutes and encourage you to go back out on the ice and fight some more.

And to start the game this way? Yeah, families will come in droves for that.