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Video: Sabres say Devane-Tropp fight ignited line brawl

Sep 22, 2013, 11:10 PM EDT

Wondering exactly what kicked off Sunday’s wild Leafs-Sabres line brawl?

According to various Buffalo players (as per Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston), this fight between Toronto tough guy Jamie Devane and Buffalo’s Corey Tropp ignited the fire:

That fight happened just moments before the line brawl happened.

And here’s that line brawl, one more time, in case you don’t feel like clicking:

Leafs coach Randy Carlyle explained he sent the Phil Kessel line out following the Devane-Tropp fight to try to diffuse the situation, leaving a big guy in Troy Bodie on the bench, as TSN’s Jonas Siegel reports.

“Obviously, I was wrong,” Carlyle said.

  1. hubeydubeydoo11 - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Anyone else notice the cameras on the refs heads? Where is that video?

  2. dueman - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    So, Tropp initiates a fight with Devane and gets knocked out, so John Scott decides that that justifies him in attacking Phil Kessel? Buffalo has a funny definition of justification. That justification got Ryan Miller beat up, the guy Kessel ended up fighting all bloodied and beat up, and the guy that tried to punch Clarkson in the back of the head pounded. That being said, Clarkson should have not come off the bench, and will probably get the ten game suspension for it, but that whole scenario was ridiculous. John Scott is nothing but a puke!

  3. rushledger - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    No one expects the Sabres to he competitive this season at least not a playoff team, but they won’t be pushed around for better or worse, as seen in tonight’s case.

    • matt14gg - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      Really? It looked to me like the Sabres got pushed all over the ice last night.

  4. buffalo65 - Sep 23, 2013 at 5:12 AM

    Miller did alright for himself considering he weighs 160 Pds.
    Once again a great game turned into a joke by fighting.

    • nj666 - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      pds? what is that? its lbs

  5. buffalo65 - Sep 23, 2013 at 5:15 AM

    Why would anyone sneak up and spear a guy who is tangled up with someone else? Cowardly move of the year by Kessel right there.

    • sunderlanding - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      Why would someone who has 8 inches and 70lbs on someone jump them? Cowardly move by Scott there.

  6. chilly15 - Sep 23, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Why would Buffalo send John Scott to fight Kessel? Just cause you lost the previous you thought you would try to set it up to win one? If only you could do that to try and win a regular season game. Clarkson should get 10 games I agree.

    • billsin20xx - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      Don’ forget the Laff’s had the last change, they sent kessel out. And I don’t think Scott would have fought him anyways, he just scared the pants off him telling him that!

  7. matt14gg - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    The Sabres have no case. Tropp challenged Devane and got his ass kicked. There’s nothing for the Sabres to be upset about, other than the fact that the Sabres embarrassed themselves again.

    • ajpowers2987 - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      embarrassed? sort of like choking with a 4-1 lead in the playoffs? its preseason you schmuks!

      • sunderlanding - Sep 23, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        …at least they made the playoffs.

  8. hockey412 - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    After seeing all that from Scott and reading the fans take on it, who really gives an eff what Buffalo thinks.

    Scott shouldn’t even have been on the roster for the night, there’s no one on the Toronto team that is in that class of fighter (not hockey player…fighter)…so what, he’s there to goon it up while your team loses game after game?

    Not cool, Buffalo.

  9. btlpper68 - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Kessel the first round of slashes to back off Scott was ok and understandable but the 2nd time where’s he’s tangled up that’s classless

    • hockeydon10 - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      Not to mention he had to retrieve his stick to go back at Scott for the spear. He had dropped it during his fight with Flynn.

      (Not that it was much of a spear. Looks like he got Scott in the padding anyway. It was certainly a spear, just kind of a weaksauce spear.)

  10. ibieiniid - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    ouch, looked like he hit his head pretty hard on the ice on the way down.

  11. travishenryskid - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Devane drove Tropp’s head into the ice. People should be focused on this, not the clown show that ensued.

  12. sporkov - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    That was not a spear. It was a tap. Stupid, but a tap.

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