The Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres participated in one of the most notorious preseason NHL hockey game of all time last night. Midway through the 3rd period, all heck broke lose in the Air Canada Centre when Sabres’ enforcer John Scott decided to mug Leafs star goal scorer Phil Kessel. Perhaps social media and the Leafs have never been relevant at the same time before, or maybe this was actually a huge moment in preseason history – either way, the Twitter reactions were numerous.
Former Leaf winger and current radio personality, Jeff O’Neill Tweeted a funny image of Phil Kessel looking like ‘Bubbles’ from the Canadian television show “Trailer Park Boys.”
— Jeff O'Neill (@odognine2) September 23, 2013
— Ryan Miller (@RyanMiller3039) September 23, 2013
— Matt Duchene (@Matt9Duchene) September 23, 2013
Former NHL goaltender Kevin Weekes Tweeted the following:
— Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) September 23, 2013
Twitter was jam packed with comments and post game quotes from the brawl, as well.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) September 23, 2013
The good thing about the brawl tonight between the leafs and sabres is John Scott's helmet stayed on the whole time. #safetyfirst
— Jason Strudwick (@Jason_Strudwick) September 23, 2013
LR: Melee proves costly for Clarkson, Leafs. "Obviously we’re not proud or happy of what went on, that’s for sure." http://t.co/5VAgktqH3g
— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) September 23, 2013
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) September 23, 2013
No one likes to see a player get hurt. The Leafs/Sabres blowup was caused by a fight that occurred earlier in the 3rd period between two minor leaguers hoping to crack their respective NHL club rosters. Sabres Corey Tropp and Leafs Jamie Devane went toe-to-toe only minutes before the line brawl ensued. The Sabres hopeful took a stiff shot to the face from Devane, as refs stepped in to break up the fight. Tropp of the Sabres appeared to be out cold for a moment. When he rose to his feet, his legs were wobbly – he needed assistance to leave the ice.
The NHL has some tough decisions to make regarding the events of last evening’s epic at the Air Canada Centre. Leafs recent offseason acquisition David Clarkson will likely face a lengthy 10 game suspension, if recent infractions of a similar nature are used as measurement. Star forward Phil Kessel may also face disciplinary action for his two handed slashes to the ankles of Sabres enforcer John Scott.