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Video: Fight night erupts during first period of Leafs-Isles tilt in Toronto

Apr 18, 2013, 8:28 PM EST

One thing you can always expect from a Toronto Maple Leafs game is for someone to drop the gloves at a given moment. Tonight’s game against the New York Islanders was no different, although the timing was a bit curious.

With the Leafs up 2-0 in the first period, both Frazer McLaren and Colton Orr got their blood up and had back-to-back fights with Isles tough guys Matt Carkner and Eric Boulton respectively. Check out the heavy firsts tossed from all the combatants courtesy of Hockey-Fights.com

That Orr-Boulton fight was beastly. The fights didn’t serve to rally the spirits of the Leafs, however, but fired up the Islanders instead as they would score three straight to close out the period with a 3-2 lead. Maybe Randy Carlyle should consider situations a bit more when putting his brawlers out.

  1. ironcity6pak - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    That’s how the isles play.

    • tuberippin - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:17 PM

      Uh, what?

      The Islanders have 17 fighting majors this season, ranked 23rd in the league.
      The Maple Leafs have 43 fighting majors this season, ranked 1st in the league.

      But let’s not let facts get in the way of your misunderstanding as to how the Islanders play hockey.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    That’s why I think that the islanders can be great in the playoffs , they know how to take a team off their game , just like they did to the penguins in 1993

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    “Maybe Randy Carlyle should consider situations a bit more when putting his brawlers out.”

    See, the thing about the Leafs fourth line is that it’s made up of some decent hockey players. They play high-energy shifts and chip in offensively once in a while if they’re not bashing an opponent’s face in. When they play the puck it doesn’t look like it’s their first time ever doing so.

    Also, if the Leafs are the home team that means they have the last change. Isles put out their grinders first and Carlyle responded in kind since he’s all about match-ups. But hey, he’s just a Cup-winning NHL coach, I’m sure he’d love to take advice from some blogger.

  4. jaybird22seven - Apr 19, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    What kills the Leafs is when Carlyle puts out both Phaneuf and Franson on the PP. Phaneuf is brutal on the pp

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