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Video: Brown runs over Bernier, melee erupts

Feb 6, 2014, 11:21 PM EDT

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The referees didn’t have much to call through most of three periods in Thursday’s game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning, and then J.T. Brown ran over goalie Jonathan Bernier.

And suddenly, no more quiet night. Prior the melee, which occurred with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, there had been only one penalty called. The Leafs went on to win the game by a final score of 4-1, thanks to three third-period goals.

This incident began when Brown, charging hard to the net, ran over Bernier in the crease. The collision knocked the net off and incensed the Leafs, with Tim Gleason stepping in. Bernier got up and got involved in the scrum, which led to Cedrick Desjardins coming the length of the ice to try and get involved.

Desjardins came into the game because of an upper-body injury to goalie Ben Bishop.

“The kid put his head down, puck in his feet & went to the net & we’re going to take care of issues like that,” said Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle, as per Mark Masters of TSN.

  1. alicesrightfootesq - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Gleason wailing on that guy after being separated from Brown was dirtier than what Brown did.

    • alliceishome - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:54 PM

      Don’t be ridiculous

      • lilmoose3239 - Feb 7, 2014 at 4:51 AM

        Alliceishome don’t be a moron. What Gleason did was way worse then Brown driving hard to the net. People have done that to Bishop all year and you don’t see any Tampa guys beating them while they are down.

      • rrsm53 - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:49 AM

        Gleason is a real tough guy, hit Gudas while he is being held by a teammate. Real tough like Lupul, Kadri, and couple of others but then again their coach is a Tool so players take after their coach.

  2. hardkor07mn - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Does the NHL still fine the coach if there is a fight with under 5 minutes left in the game?

    • ibieiniid - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      i think only when there’s an instigator penalty. not 100% on that though.

  3. hazlydose - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    When I saw “Brown runs over goalie” my first thought wasn’t J.T. Brown…

    • mrpinkca - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      Me neither. I was very confused for a second because in my mind Bernier is still a King.

  4. jpat2424 - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Boy. Gleason was throwing some thunder hammers.

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