It took less than two periods for Jarome Iginla to punch someone.
Midway through the second period in Thursday night’s season opener against the Lightning, Iginla dropped the gloves with Radko Gudas, endearing himself to a home crowd that seemed a touch reluctant to fully accept the former Flame and Penguin immediately.
The fight seemed to help.
“It’s definitely part of Bruins hockey, playing against them over the years and watching them,” Iginla said. “It’s a very competitive, aggressive team.
“Trying to play alongside of that and contribute in those areas. Try to play physical, try to go in the net. Sometimes fights happen. It happened to be in the first game. Every guy takes a lot of pride in competing hard. Fights do happen. Guys are ready for that, too.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.