Solidifying this theory was Carkners actions during the opening minutes of the first period. While the play was in the Senators zone, Carkner came across the zone and ran Boyle. After hitting Boyle, Carkner dropped his gloves and sucker punched Boyle, before taking him to the ground where he continued to to pound Boyle.
Of course a sizable ruckus ensued (video after the jump).
After the pile up Carkner and Brandon Dubinsky, of the Rangers, were assessed game misconducts and kicked out of the game. Carkner seemed very content with his punishment, Dubinsky not so much. Dubinksy gave hockey fans one of the most memorable tantrums in recent history, kicking the boards and going all Hulk on a Gatorade water cooler.
Dubinsky did the right thing in this situation. He stepped in to help a teammate that was vulnerable and taking a beating. How could this have been avoided? The officials stepping in when Boyle went to the floor would have been nice.