How many times did you watch Bruce Bowen step under a jump shooter or Karl Malone cheap shot a defender? Didn’t you want to demand satisfaction? Unless you’re Metta World Violence, you were probably left wanting.

Settling the score is an appealing prospect in everyday life and, in hockey as in dueling, all it takes is the drop of a glove.

Look at this year’s Penguins-Flyers series, Claude Giroux and Sidney Crosby throwing hands despite being two of the biggest stars in the sport. Kobe and LeBron won’t even confront each other in the slam dunk contest!

Advantage: NHL

NHL: 5 | NBA: 4