The maple leaf’s destruction of lightning bolts on Monday night became ugly and bloody in the third period.
With Toronto en route to a 5-0 win in Game 1 of the first-round NHL playoff series, a brawl erupted with a visibly frustrated Tampa Bay over the one-sided relationship.
It was Corey Perry and Patrick Marron He tries to seduce Wayne Simmonds into a fight; Symonds wasn’t getting it. But Symonds finally seems to have had enough as he later got his hands on Victor Hedman, sparking a brawl among all the players on the ice, with sticks and gloves strewn about.
Lightning defender Jean Ruta seems to have gotten the worst of it, as his head was opened after some blows from Morgan Riley.
Perry was fined $2,500 by the NHL on Tuesday for unsportsmanlike conduct, while the Maroon and Simmonds were fined $2,250.
“I thought we handled their physique really well,” said Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Cave. via USA Today“In both making plays and keeping the disc moving and unaffected, and then standing our ground only when the nonsense begins as late as three.”
Before the series began, Keefe said he expected the confrontation to be “violent”.
Andrei Vasilevsky, two-time Lightning Cup Stanley Cup winner Con Smith, allowed five goals from 33 shots in the loss. Match 2 will take place on Wednesday night in Toronto.