Rivalries. You know you’re going to have an intense game when two teams who genuinely don’t like each other face off.
The Sabres and the Maple Leafs are rivals. Only about a 90 minute drive separate First Niagara Center from Air Canada Center, and there are generally just as many Leafs fans at the FNC when the teams play each other there as there are Sabres fans. So, you expect a fierce game when these two teams meet – but you generally don’t expect it in a pre-season game.
Jaime Devane and Corey Tropp decided to drop the gloves in the third period of Sunday night’s exhibition, which led to Tropp smashing the back of his head against the ice. The Sabres sent out enforcer John Scott on the next play, who threatened to “jump” Phil Kessel – at least, that’s what Kessel says.
Here’s the video, I’ll update you on any discipline handed down by the NHL if I hear anything.
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