Gabriel, Clifford waste no time with fight after pregame chat


It didn't take long for Kurtis Gabriel and Kyle Clifford to drop the gloves.

At 2:35 in the first period of the Sharks' game against the St. Louis Blues on Monday, the two forwards scrapped.

The fight came shortly after Gabriel and Clifford were seen having a heated discussion in front of the team benches roughly 30 minutes before the game.

Both players received five-minute fighting penalties.

Less than two minutes after the fight between Gabriel and Clifford, Blues defenseman Niko Mikkola scored his first NHL goal to give St. Louis an early 1-0 lead.

Gabriel has been getting into it with Sharks opponents over the last few days. Prior to San Jose's games against the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday and Saturday, the 27-year-old chirped with Ryan Reaves before each contest.

In Friday's game, Gabriel and Reaves fought just as the puck was being dropped for the start of the third period.

Gabriel likely is trying to light a fire under the Sharks, but so far, it isn't working as the Sharks lost both games to the Golden Knights and yielded a goal to the Blues shortly after his fight.