Sabres-Leafs Preseason Game Breaks out into Line Fight, Goalie Throwdown

September 23rd, 2013 by Dan Carson Leave a reply »

This is what the preseason is for—shaking off the dust and getting that right cross tuned up before the games that matter.

The Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs shook up the NHL preseason on Sunday, dropping the gloves and treating fans at the Air Canada Centre to an all-out line brawl and goalie beatdown. 

Samer Kalaf of Deadspin spotted footage of the multi-part punch carnival, which began with Toronto's Jamie Devane and Buffalo's Corey Tropp exchanging blows. A 6’5” lefty, Devane had the upper hand on the smaller Tropp from the very beginning.

After mixing it up with his right, Devane switched hands and decked the Sabres winger to the ice, and Tropp smacked his head hard upon impact. Toronto fans cheered as Devane headed to the penalty box, and Tropp eventually made it off of the ice under his own power.

Things were just warming up, however. At the next whistle, Buffalo’s John Scott kicked off a wild chain of events by attempting to start a fight with Toronto’s Phil Kessel. Kessel responded ...

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