Johnny Boychuk made it perfectly clear he did not appreciate Jakub Voracek's whack to the head that sent the Islanders captain to the ice Saturday against the Flyers.
While skating off the rink, Boychuk seemingly had strong words for Voracek, letting him know what he thought of the hit. But after the game, Voracek fired back and called out Boychuk's rant toward him following the play.
"It's a tough hit," the Flyers assistant captain told reporters. "You know, he's getting off the ice, he's pointing at me like it's a WrestleMania or something. Pointing at me like it's a WrestleMania. Come on, it's a hockey game."
After a hearing Sunday with the NHL Department of Player Safety, the league announced a two-game suspension for Voracek. The initial play resulted in a five-minute major penalty for him and Boychuk did not return with about 14 minutes to play.
The Flyers essentially dominated Saturday's and left the Coliseum with a 5-2 victory, along with a little extra drama and a budding Boychuk-Voracek feud.
"The explanation I got was if I hit him in the head, it would be a game [misconduct]," Voracek said. "I don't know why I got five. I try to protect myself, to be honest, maybe the puck was a little further than I thought - I thought the puck was close to me."
And Voracek did not wrap up his comments Saturday before shedding light on Boychuk's past actions.
"He's the guy that was sucker-punching 19-year-old Nolan Patrick last year in the end of a game," he said. "He's going to do that? Give me a break."
"It's a dirty hit, no question," Casey Cizikas told Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post after the game.
Boychuk entered the league-mandated concussion protocol and coach Barry Trotz offered his status as "day-to-day."