Game - Toronto Maple Leafs vs Ottawa Senators
Fighters - Darcy Tucker, Chris Neil, Ottawa Senators bench.
The lead up to the fight
Travis Green was pointing at the Senators bench and then in comes Darcy Tucker who goes right after Chris Neil. After the game Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn said Tucker did that because Chris Neil spit on him as he was skating by the bench that shift. Chris Neil said that he squirted water on him and that he didn't spit.
More fight breakdown after the jump.
Tucker and Neil and others were swinging wildly but as expected Neil was able to get more in at him from the bench.
Neil won the battle and in the process Tucker added to his reputation as a fearless and crazy hockey player.
Shane Hnidy grabbed Tucker and they had a quick tussle that really have no punches landed, this video shows some of it but cuts out quickly. There is another video but that has Greg Millen and Dean Brown in the Senators Sportsnet broadcast and its almost unwatchable.
What else was going on
Pat Quinn's first instinct was to grab a hockey stick and walk towards the Ottawa Senators bench.
I was at this game and the officiating was terrible, penalty after penalty went to Toronto and even then this was during the years when the Maple Leafs could rarely beat the Senators... until the playoffs anyway that is!
As pointed out to me on twitter the other night by Down Goes Brown this also happened, I totally forgot about this somehow.
Tie was being Tie and Daniel Alfredsson was lucky Robert Reichel grabbed his arm at the last second.
Did you know
Darcy Tucker is now a certified NHL player agent
Did you know part 2
After this game and the suspensions were handed a few days later Toronto traded for Owen Nolan.
Darcy Tucker may not have left the Maple Leafs on the greatest of terms but this guy gave everything he had while he was a Maple Leaf. This guy did everything he was asked to do and he did it playing like he was 6'4, 220 pounds and not 5'10, 170 pounds soaking wet.
No other Maple Leafs player gave as much blood as he did and nobody sacrificed their body as much as he did and that was one of the reasons why his career is over now and he had such a quick decline, much like Wendel Clark his body just could not keep up the way he played the game.
More to come next Monday and Tuesday!
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