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Video: Leafs, Sens fight twice in opening five minutes, Dziurzynski KOed

Mar 6, 2013, 7:49 PM EDT

It didn’t take long for Toronto and Ottawa to renew acquaintances on Wednesday night.

Just 26 seconds into the latest edition of the Battle of Ontario, Sens forward David Dziurzynski got into his first ever NHL scrap with Leafs tough guy Frazer McLaren — a decision that didn’t bode well for the Ottawa rookie:

Dzuirzynski was helped off the ice and went to the Sens’ dressing room. The team’s official Twitter account said they’d update his status.

Less than five minutes later, Colton Orr and Chris Neil also decided to chuck knuckles.

What’s noteworthy here is that, despite the fact Orr’s been with Toronto since 2009 and Neil with Ottawa since 2001, these two have only fought each other once before.

So, onto Round 2…

At the time of writing, the Leafs were up 2-0 on the Sens with goals from Tyler Bozak and Jay McClement.

Update: According to Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star, Dziurzynski has a concussion and won’t return.

  1. thehighcountrybear - Mar 6, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    McLaren almost looked embarrassed after that one, man he’s one hard-assed looking dude. Easier to see why Brown was expendable.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 6, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Can’t believe Neil manned up and fought Orr, but good on him. This is what this rivalry should look like. Two competitive teams that hate each other and have something to play for. I really, really hope this is a first-round playoff matchup. It’s been too long.

  3. nygdriveforfive - Mar 6, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Mclaren has like 130 pro fights. That was Dave D’s 1st pro fight. Maclean should be ashamed of himself if he told Dave to fight. Neil won the 2nd fight.

    • killerpgh - Mar 6, 2013 at 8:46 PM

      The AHL is a “Pro” league. That is at least his 16th “pro” fight.

    • withseidelinn - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      McLaren stated that Dziurynski initially said no when asked to fight, but then dropped the gloves right as the puck was dropped. Big mistake right there. For your first NHL tilt, don’t pick a 6’5 250lb veteran that has the ability to win against any other tough guy in the league . Dziurynski needs to take responsibility for that choice. And Niel’s excuse for a fight was pathetic, he clinched Orr the entire time to avoid being hit.

  4. r8rbhawk - Mar 6, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Where’s the “Is it time too get rid of fighting” article? There have been many injuries due to fights this year. Since we had a visors debate earlier today, let’s discuss fighting. For the record, I am anti mandatory visor and pro fighting

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:18 PM

      All these guys consented to get punched in the face here. Staal didn’t agree to get a puck in the eye.

      • r8rbhawk - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:35 PM

        Staal was aware of the risk the same as the boys who drop the gloves

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:42 PM

        This is apples and organes. If you don’t want to fight you skate away. Staal didn’t get a chance to skate away from that puck.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:44 PM

        Dammit, I don’t think organes are a fruit, but you know what I meant.

      • chadc84 - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:05 AM

        Staal agreed to possibly take a puck in the eye when he signed his contract, and even further when he chose to not wear a visor.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 7, 2013 at 1:43 AM

        I think the problem is that guys who fight a lot have probably considered the effects it will have on their bodies while most players don’t seriously consider the ramifications of losing their eyesight. They assume something like last night will just never happen to them, so it’s worth protecting them from their own arrogance in this case. Plus all the best players wear them they must not be that bad.

    • r8rbhawk - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      I get what you are saying in that they are different, I just think if the boys want to go visorless let ’em, if they want to fight let ’em. They are both risky, but the players are aware of the risks.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 6, 2013 at 10:09 PM

        I get that, I just think that taking out fighting will detract from the game while mandating visors won’t really affect the game. It will make guys safer and they’ll get used to being able to see with them just fine.

  5. orangandblack - Mar 6, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    I strongly dislike Toronto, but they have some tough mothers on that team

  6. travishenryskid - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    If you fight for a living, you’re gonna get caught on the chin once or twice. You just don’t want it to happen in your first fight. Tough luck for that kid, it’s gonna be hard to come back from that one.

  7. habsman - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Sad day today.

    “Stompin” Tom Connors died today at 77 yrs. Most people know the iconic Hockey Song that is played in arenas everywhere. RIP Tom.

  8. sjsharks66 - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Feel bad for the kid. He got mclaren with a good one though!

  9. thehighcountrybear - Mar 6, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Thanks habsman…you make me cry:

    Oh take me where, the hockey players, face off down the rink.

    And the Stanley Cup, is all filled up, for the champs who win the drink.

    Now the final flick, of a hockey stick, and the one gigantic scream.

    “The puck is in! The home team wins!”, the good ol’ hockey game.

    • habsman - Mar 6, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      First Period:

      Hello out there, we’re on the air, it’s ‘Hockey Night’ tonight.
      Tension grows, the wistle blows, and the puck goes down the ice.
      The goalie jumps, and the players bump, and the fans all go insane.
      Someone roars, “Bobby Scores!”, at the good ol’ Hockey Game.

      I’ve see Tom perform a few times, and had a beer with him in Halifax 20 years ago in a dingy tavern. He was a great guy. A buddy of mine knows all the words to all his tunes. Great sin-a-long songs when you’re having a few.

      • sfbookreviews - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:45 PM

        I just love “sin-a-long songs”. Heck, most of the time I don’t even need the song, though having a few is indeed often involved.

  10. bobhpine - Mar 7, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    If Jim Morrison were alive he would HATE this 1943jimmorrison1971 loser. And you know what…everyone else does too.

  11. jaybird22seven - Mar 7, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Good on Chris Neil for maning up against Orr. He did well tying him up and staying close to him. Most guys don’t do that against Orr and face a beating. Orr an Neil was a draw, but McLaren is turning into a good fighter for sure. What a knockout!!!

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