Referees Wes McCauley and Dean Morton had a busy night in the Music City. Whistles were sounding fast and furious as the Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators combined for an NHL-season-high 156 penalty minutes.

Things started to get a bit rough in the second period, with Nashville leading by five.  A leg-on-leg hit led to a pair of fights. 

Adam Lowry and Colton Sissons squared off, as did Chris Thorburn and Barrett Jackman. Thorburn and Jackman picked up additional 10-minute misconducts on the play. 

Tempers flared again in the third, after Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele shot the puck into the Nashville net after a whistle for an offside play. The Predators objected to the move, with the entire team – even goaltender Pekka Rinne – converging on Scheifele.

Mattias Ekholm offered a friendly reminder of the score while referee Dean Morton started running out of patience.

Penalties were handed out to all players on the ice for both teams, filling their respective penalty boxes.

The two team ended up with more players in the penalty box than were on the ice. Penalties were handed out to all 12 on the ice, as well as the original slashing penalty to Salomaki that preceded the offside play that kicked off the whole fracas.

After the dust settled, here’s what it looked like: Jets/Predators - Penalty Totals

Winnipeg now leads the NHL in penalty minutes with 257, averaging 14.3 PIM per game.  No team has taken more minors (82) or misconducts (4).