When Ilya Kovalchuk and Brayden Schenn dropped the gloves in the third period during Saturday's matinee game at the Wells Fargo Center, Kovalchuk had no intentions on fighting Schenn.

Kovalchuk was going after Zac Rinaldo, who knocked down Zach Parise after the whistle during the third period.

"I asked him, 'What are you going to do?' He said, 'Fight you,'" Kovalchuk said to the Star-Ledger. "Rinaldo slew-footed Zach. He's one of those kind of players who wanted to get something going and they did."

Before he could confront Rinaldo, Schenn stepped in the way to meet Kovalchuk. The two exchanged punches before Kovalchuk landed a hard right that sent Schenn to the ice.