UPDATE: David Clarkson has been suspended 10 games for leaving the bench.
UPDATE: Phil Kessel will have a hearing at 4 pm tomorrow.
Watching the events of last night’s game in Toronto all I could say was: is this actually happening? For me to really explain the whole story you have to watch the video. Allegedly the whole thing started because of an earlier fight between the Toronto Maple Leafs Jamie Devane and the Buffalo Sabres Corey Tropp that resulted in Tropp getting KO’d. Then this madness ensued:
Now John Scott is getting a lot of flack for going after Phil Kessel but if you watch the footage a strong case could be made that Kessel started it. Kessel is the first one to reach toward Scott though it is slow move it is like poking a sleeping bear. Kessel then proceeded to swing his stick at Scott, which was another horrible idea as he will now most likely have a date with Brendan Shanahan and the department of player safety.
Another stupid yet honorable move was made by David Clarkson who left the bench to get in the fight. This move will cost him an automatic 10 game suspension. Here is the penalty summary from the incident copied straight from NHL.com
|10:01||TOR||A. MacWilliam Fighting – 5 min against M. Zigomanis|
|10:01||TOR||T. Bozak Fighting – 5 min against C. Ruhwedel|
|10:01||TOR||J. Bernier Fighting – 5 min against R. Miller|
|10:01||TOR||T. Brennan Fighting – 5 min against D. Bagnall|
|10:01||BUF||B. Flynn Fighting – 5 min against C. Ashton|
|10:01||BUF||M. Zigomanis Fighting – 5 min against A. MacWilliam|
|10:01||BUF||C. Ruhwedel Fighting – 5 min against T. Bozak|
|10:01||BUF||J. Scott Fighting – 5 min against D. Clarkson|
|10:01||BUF||R. Miller Fighting – 5 min against J. Bernier|
|10:01||TOR||D. Clarkson Leaving player’s/penalty bench – 10 min|
|10:01||BUF||D. Bagnall Fighting – 5 min against T. Brennan|
|10:01||TOR||C. Ashton Fighting – 5 min against D. Bagnall|
|10:01||BUF||J. Scott served by M. Grigorenko Instigator – 2 min against P. Kessel|
|10:01||TOR||J. Bernier Goalie leave crease – 2 min against R. Miller|
|10:01||BUF||R. Miller Goalie leave crease – 2 min|
|10:01||BUF||J. Scott Misconduct – 10 min|
|10:01||BUF||J. Scott Game misconduct – 10 min against P. Kessel|
|10:01||TOR||C. Ashton Misconduct – 10 min|
|10:01||TOR||T. Bozak Misconduct – 10 min|
|10:01||TOR||T. Brennan Misconduct – 10 min|
|10:01||TOR||A. MacWilliam Misconduct – 10 min|
|10:01||TOR||J. Bernier Game misconduct – 10 min|
|10:01||BUF||D. Bagnall Misconduct – 10 min|
|10:01||BUF||M. Zigomanis Misconduct – 10 min|
|10:01||BUF||B. Flynn Misconduct – 10 min|
|10:01||BUF||R. Miller Game misconduct – 10 min against J. Bernier|
|10:01||BUF||C. Ruhwedel Misconduct – 10 min|
|10:01||TOR||P. Kessel Match penalty – 10 min against J. Scott|
Here is what Kessel had to say after the game:
“I don’t know. It was pretty stupid, right? He (Scott) said he was gonna jump me. I just backed up. What are you gonna do, you know? He’s a big boy so if he’s coming after me, what am I gonna do, right?”
Leafs coach Randy Carlyle was less than impressed with what went down:
“We’re not proud or happy with what went on, I think David Clarkson made a mistake and now we pay for it.”
I do have to say though that Carlyle isn’t totally blameless in the situation. Kessel should not have been put in with Scott especially with tensions high like that.
As new information about hearings and suspensions come in we will let you know right here, keep checking back for all the latest.