By now everyone knows about the shenanigans that took place last night at the Air Canada Centre between the Leafs and Buffalo Sabres. While we have yet to hear from the league about any impending discipline, the media has descended upon Leafs practice to give us their next day reactions to what unfolded last night.
Carlyle: ‘Obviously, I made a mistake [sending Kessel out] but I never believed in my wildest dreams the attack would be directed at [him]‘
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) September 23, 2013
While others have skewered Carlyle for sending Kessel out there, I at least understand what he was trying to do. There’s no way Carlyle could anticipate John Scott doing something as ridiculous as trying to fight Phil freakin’ Kessel. You always hear people talk about the honour and code among NHL tough guys, but as we saw last night, that’s only when it’s convenient.
Kadri: ‘Lupes actually had to kind of drag me back in the bench. I tried to get a hold of Clarky but he was kind of up & at it.’ — Mark Masters (@markhmasters) September 23, 2013
Lupul grabbing Kadri, Kadri grabbing Clarkson, Clarkson jumping like a mad man, it’s kind of funny on one hand…on the other, it seems like the Leafs were awfully close to losing 2 top line players for 10 games (i.e. 12% of the season). Yikes.
Kadri on Kessel slashing at Scott: ‘It’s self defence … I’m actually surprised he didn’t whack him a little higher’ — Mark Masters (@markhmasters) September 23, 2013
Kadri on Nov 15 game in Buffalo: ‘That’s probably going to be circled on a lot of people’s calendars’ — Mark Masters (@markhmasters) September 23, 2013
The Leafs and Sabres play a back-to-back on November 15th and 16th. Hockey players tend to remember things like this, and it might be the only time all season that the Leafs have actually expectations of Colton Orr and Fraser McLaren. Look for both of those guys to prove their “worth”. Fireworks are most definitely sure to fly, although hopefully cooler heads prevail (and John Scott is in his proper place: the unemployment line)
Colborne on moment Scott went after Kessel: ‘I think every single guy on our bench was looking to jump out there’ — Mark Masters (@markhmasters) September 23, 2013
This actually probably would have been a preferable result. If everyone jumped over the boards maybe Clarkson wouldn’t have been singled out. The suspension generally goes to the first guy off the bench I think, so maybe they’d sacrifice some scrub and we could’ve seen total pandemonium.
Phaneuf: ‘I thought for our team, to stick together the way that we did, that’s something that we take pride in’ — Mark Masters (@markhmasters) September 23, 2013
Blah blah blah, chemistry, pride, grit…while the brawl may have brought the team closer together, there’s no way that makes up for the fact that David Clarkson is going to miss 12% of the season because he wanted to (and didn’t even actually) fight John Scott. Ugh.
John Scott said “I knew I had to have a response ” after the Tropp-Devane fight. #sabres
— Tony Ambrogio (@SNTonyAmbrogio) September 23, 2013
As per James Mirtle, the only player in the history of hockey to play more than 150 games without scoring more than 5 points was going to try to use his fists to punch whomever he could find in the face, because a player on his team started a fight earlier and got knocked out in the process. UGH.