During last night's game, the referees stepped in and took a stand against a dangerous act, standing up for what's right and serving as a model of justice and light.
After an icing call, Noel Acciari got tangled up with a few Senators.
Things escalated when Tim Schaller joined the fray, as he quickly turned up the heat with his reckless act.
Locked in a tussle with Marc Methot, Schaller viciously hit his face off of Methot's gloved hand with reckless abandon and no regard for Methot's safety.
Schaller received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty due to his heinous attempt to injure.
League sources close to last night's officials say the refs felt Schaller knew about Methot's finger injury and that his hitting of his face off of the glove was a way to take him out of the game.
"We think these refs did a great job nipping any problems in the bud," said our league source. "By calling that unsportsmanlike penalty, the officials showed that hitting a guy's glove with your face is a big no-no."
When asked if there would be any discipline coming for Schaller, our source played coy.
"I don't think he'll be suspended, but something is coming," he said. "At the very least, he'll have to send a card and apologize in person."
Regardless of the outcome, the tone has been set for the rest of the series, and noted goon Schaller should have a target on his back.
If nothing else, the officials bravely set a standard for the rest of the series.
"These guys laid down the law," said the source. "You can hook a guy, slash a guy, hell, elbow a guy if you want. But we're not going to tolerate brazenly hitting fists with faces anymore."
The play, for those who managed to block it from their memory, can be seen below. Please note that some viewers may find this content disturbing.