Q. What sparked the line brawl at 10:01 of the third period?
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Sabres coach Ron Rolston claims that a third-period fight between Corey Tropp and Jamie Devane was the catalyst for the later fun. Tropp had just scored for the Sabres when he lined up with Devane, who is five inches taller than him. They yapped, they bumped, they went at it … and Devane dropped Tropp, knocking him out and bloodying the ice.
Q. Why the heck was Phil Kessel lined up next to John Scott, noted pugilist, after that fight?
Scott was out for the next shift, obviously looking to avenge Tropp, whom he was on the ice with in the previous shift when Tropp was tuned up. Carlyle opted to keep 6-foot-5 Troy Bodie (who fought earlier in the game) on the Leafs bench, hoping that by putting Kessel, Tyler Bozak and Carter Ashton out there that the situation would be “defused.” As the coach told TSN: “Obviously, I was wrong.”
Q. Why wasn’t Leafs goon Colton Orr out there to save the day?