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Line brawls in the NHL have hit a sharp decline since the introduction of penalty box walls. As a result, whenever something resembling a line brawl happens people tend to get VERY excited. Couple that with a rivalry that used to be interesting but has more or less been totally stale since the lockout you’ve got some good ole fashioned family entertainment.

And by good ole fashioned family entertainment I mean violence, questionable language for lip readers and male nudity from the waist up.

It all started with a shove between Nick Foligno and Luke Schenn which turned into punches exchanged between Foligno and Schenn. Away from that scrap was a shove from Chris Neil into the back of Carter Ashton which prompted Mikhail Grabovski to jump into the fray (Aside: props to Grabovski as one of the leaders of the team to step in for a rook) as he and Neil began to mix it up and trade shots and after all of that mess we had a few majors, a few game misconducts and an ever-present sense of nostalgia.

Take a look at the fracas.

The most impressive part of all of that? Grabovski was given TWO game misconducts for his role in the scraps. Feel free to use the #OMGrabovski hashtag as you please, given that I’ve never seen anyone get two before. Sure, it was a bad loss for Ottawa and a pointless win for Toronto (You’re failing wrong) but it was nice to see two teams who used to really dislike each other have some fire once again.

What’s your all-time favorite memory from the Battle of Ontario?

Comments (9)

  1. As a sens fan, it’s gotta be the post lockout game between them that saw the sens destroy the leafs 8-0. I had just moved to Brampton the year before so I never got to brag about the sens the first year i was there. It was this game that just showed how dominant we could be and living in the area at the time was a HUGE plus for me. Too bad for the loss tonight, but i agree it was great to see things get heated once again.

  2. Favorite Battle of Ontario moment? Thats easy. Gary Roberts. Triple OT.

  3. Pat lalime sucking in playoffs

  4. My favorite moment was when Crusty the clown faked throwing his stick into the crowd after Mats was suspended for a game. This memory keeps the hate on, big time. That being said, Gary Roberts, triple OT was much more satisfying.

  5. My favorite moment has to be Mark Bell destroying Krusty.

  6. “SUNDIN”

    *PING*

    “SCORES”

  7. The last time Toronto had a good team was in 1967. The battle of Ontario allows maple leaf fans to cheer about something. Since 1967 it has been dry for them. But create something like the Battle of Ontario and it give leaf fans some hope. It also helps the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club fill their coffers with leaf fans buying top price tickets for games between Ottawa and Toronto. So thanks leaf fans for all that cash.

    It you want to return to winning ways hire a real GM. That has been the leafs major problem since 1967. Sure Burky was GM for the Ducks when the won the cup, but Brian Murry builf that team and Burky got the credit.

    Burky fired Willson to save his own skin. Burky’s time has passed. Fire him and get someone that knows what he is doing. I want to see another Canadian team as a cup contender leaf fans.

  8. The best moment of the Battle of Ontario is everytime Alfie touches the puck in his own building during a game between these teams and gets booed. And it’s LOUD. The Captain of the home team is loudly booed for something that happened 10 years ago…IN HIS HOME BUILDING. That’s just awesome.

  9. Chara picking up Brian McCabe, dropping him, picking him up and then dropping him again. He threw him around like a dog with a chew-toy. Should have never let Chara go.

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