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Videos- Tempers Flare Toronto/Winnipeg

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

A sequence of plays that starts with Neal Pionk kneeing Rasmus Sandin, Jason Spezza then retaliates and a scrum ensues on the following faceoff.

Two more incidents below.


Wresting match



Punches were thrown


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SYF's avatar

The Matthews/Dubois scrum looked a pair of snakes mud wrestling.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 12/06/21 at 12:52 AM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Seems like the WinniePeggers were on a mission to mess up the Leafs talent…. a planned attack?  Clutch my pearls!!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, sing along The YzerMan Can!...... on 12/06/21 at 02:20 AM ET


I guess memories are short re: what Perry’s accidental
knee to the head did to Tavares in the playoffs last year.

Going after Pionk for the knee on knee when refs miss it or
ignore it is one thing. Going knee first into a guy’s head when he’s
down on the ice is pretty bad.

I’d have rather seen a line brawl with Dillon, Lowry,
Stanley etc on the Jets against Toronto’s three marginal
NHL players/enforcers.

Main thing I’m seeing from fans is disgust at the refs not doing their jobs
and letting this game boil over.

Posted by lefty.30 on 12/06/21 at 03:06 AM ET

Paul's avatar

Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

“One of the best players in the world is in a situation that should be a power-play there,” said coach Sheldon Keefe, grabbing his sniper’s back. “That’s how it should work, and it didn’t.

“On the very next shift, you get one of your guys carried off and there’s no call there. Should be a 4-on-3, a five-minute power-play in a two-goal game, and it’s not. I just felt at that point, we needed some response.”...

Sandin left the ice with assistance from Wayne Simmonds and Ondrej Kase and did not return. There was no immediate update on his condition.

“It looks to me like it’s a five-minute major. It’s a knee-on-knee. A guy gets carried,” Keefe told reporters postgame. “Obviously, [the officials] didn’t see it. I think if they see it, they probably would’ve called it differently. The league, I’m sure, will have a look.”


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/06/21 at 05:31 AM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

“Obviously, [the officials] didn’t see it. I think if they see it, they probably would’ve called it differently. The league, I’m sure, will have a look.”

Yeah. Right. Good luck with that. The league and the zebras do less than nothing. Just ask Larkin……


Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 12/06/21 at 10:17 AM ET


any intentional violation that could potentially end a career (slew foot, knee to knee, ect.) should get an automatic 10 games/no appeal…issue resolved.

imo, players who push others from behind at high speed going into the end boards should get even more.

The NHLPA should police their membership, as the silence from the league is deafening.

Posted by rickytarr on 12/06/21 at 04:26 PM ET

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