Of course playoff hockey is known for big hits, tough play, but few fights. And then someone matched up Boston and Toronto in the first round. The Maple Leafs led the league with 46 fighting majors and 776 PIM. Boston had 32 majors and 584 PIM.
So what happens last night when Toronto starts taking unnecessary body shots at the end of a 4-1 whooping in Boston?
Gloves come off.
How dirty was this game? Brad Marchand told the Boston Herald he took a shot to the nuts.
But it didn’t stop there. Colton Orr got a double minor for crosschecking Johnny Boychuk in the back after a clean Boychuk hit on Grabovski. Orr later wound up getting 16 minutes of penalties in the third period for various infractions, while Leo Komarov got a misconduct for getting into it with Brad Marchand.
Marchand swung his stick at James van Riemsdyk when the Leaf went downstairs on him.
“He speared me in the privates, so I reacted,” said Marchand.