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If Game 1 was any indication, the Western Conference Finals between the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues is going to be epic. And I’m not even talking about the actual hockey. On Sunday, Joe Thornton and David Backes gave us what might just be the first beard fight in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
What is a beard fight? It’s exactly what it sounds like—two grown men yanking on each other’s beards.
Blues captain David Backes only started growing his beard at the start of the playoffs, and while it is pretty solid, it’s not legendary. Sharks veteran Joe Thornton, on the other hand, has been growing his beard out all year. So he’s starting to look like an old prospector who’s worried about people stealing his gold:
After the game, Backes said the beard fight started because he just had to get a closer look at Thornton’s face mane. Apparently he was impressed:
Backes said he was checking to see if Thornton’s beard was real. “It checked out,” he said.
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) May 16, 2016
Expect Backes to give Brent Burns‘ beard the once-over in Game 2: