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You hear it all the time, "Who cares! It's preseason, the games mean nothing!".

Tell that to the members of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres.

The game itself was rather tame for the first two periods last night, but all hell broke lose in the third period after a fight between Leaf tough-guy hopeful Jamie DeVane, and Sabres winger Corey Tropp.

The fight was a complete and utter domination by DeVane, who landed numerous right hands on Tropp's face. The knockout blow came when DeVane switched hands and landed a left hook off of Tropp's noodle, collapsing the Sabre forward to the ice. Tropp nailed his head on the ice and was bloody mess in the aftermath, likely suffering a pretty serious concussion as a result of messing with the wrong guy.

DeVane outweighs Tropp by almost 30 pounds and has 5 inches of height on him. However, was DeVane fighting Tropp breaking one of the fighting codes? The code: Fight a guy your own size.

The fight itself was started by Tropp, who was looking to light a fire under the Sabres. He messed with the wrong rookie though, as DeVane sent him to the cleaners. Fresh towels, hot water, and a date with "Doctor Stitches" awaited Tropp upon his arrival to the locker room.

After a TV timeout, that was when the game took a wicked turn for the worst.

In an attempt to escalate the situation, Sabres coach Ron Rolston decided to put out the biggest waste of roster space in the NHL, John Scott out there to avenge the beating Tropp received.

Randy Carlyle, who owned the final change, decided to put sniper Phil Kessel on the ice, hoping to calm the situation down.

What happened was pure bedlam though. Scott warned Kessel he was going to jump him, and proceeded to do so when the puck was dropped. Scott has over 70 pounds, and nearly a foot of height on Kessel, but that didn't stop the goon with one career goal from going after one of the NHL's most prolific goal scorers.

Kessel, in an attempt to protect himself, tried to slash the behemoth down at the legs. His attempts proved to be futile in knocking the giant down, but teammates Carter Ashton, TJ Brennan, Tyler Bozak, Andrew MacWilliam, David Clarkson (who left the bench to enter the festivities), and even goalie Jonathan Bernier came to the aide of the Leafs superstar sniper.

Kessel to his credit, laid a beating on Sabres forward Brian Flynn, leaving the forward bloodied and again needing repairs.

The aftermath of the situation has everyone talking about how long Clarkson is going to get suspended for leaving the bench, and how long Kessel will get suspended for using his stick as an axe.

But the real story should be what kind of stance will Gary Bettman and Brendan Shanahan take on this situation. Do they cop out and suspend Clarkson the 10 games that everyone expects him to get, and suspend Kessel for a few games of the regular season?

Or do they do what they should do and suspend John Scott for 15+ games and ban the coach as well (not forever, but at least a few games).

The NHL is promoting the skill, speed and finesse of the games top players. Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Steven Stamkos to name a few. By making Clarkson the more lengthy suspension, the NHL further promotes going after the games best players and not having anyone there to keep things in line.

My question to all of you is, had John Scott jumped Sidney Crosby, would the situation be different?

My answer is ABSOLUTELY. Crosby, who has a history of concussions, is likely the NHL's best pure point producer. Having his skill removed from the game by a guy who couldn't hack it in Beer-League Hockey would be the real travesty to the game.

In the grand scheme of things, the NHL better be more vigilant on guys like John Scott, who targeted one of the games best players and looked to lay a beating on the smaller forward.

It's in the NHL's court now, and the suspensions will come down soon. Hopefully for their sake they don't drop the ball here. Not only should John Scott be suspended, but the coach should be too. Clarkson will get his time, and Kessel will likely too. But if Scott and Rolston go unpunished, that will be the real travesty of the situation.

Feel Free to comment and thanks for the read.
September 24, 2013 9:03 AM ET | Delete
Seriously? If Scott did this to any other player, would it have been more than a roughing/fighting penalty? Nope. Kessel should be suspended for 10 games. Not only did he 2 hand swing his stick twice at Scott, he then fought another player went and picked up his stick and then speared Scott who was being held by the linseman and was engaged with Clarkson. Kessel is the punk. Take your blue goggles off. This has nothing to do with Crosby, however, if Crosby retaliated by swinging his stick as a weapon, he too should be suspended.
September 24, 2013 9:22 AM ET | Delete
Let me say this first. I am a Leafs. Kessel should be suspended. The first slash was ok, he should get a game for every slash after that, and maybe two for the last spear he gave him. Scott was not a threat after he first slashed him. The only thing Scott did was to make himself look like a complete goon. I do feel that the coach should be fined, or suspended for sending him out to start a fight. Not sure how you can suspend Scott for fighting. I am sure every player in the league has no respect for him. Not sure they had it before this anyway. He will be a target when the Leafs play Buffalo next no doubt. Orr, and Mclaren should both jump him at the same time...lol..It would be like when Andre the Giant took on 5 guys at once.
September 24, 2013 9:24 AM ET | Delete
Kessel has no class and used his stick as a weapon get over it was scummy thing to do!
September 24, 2013 9:32 AM ET | Delete
So was Scott. If a fighter fights outside the ring it is considered using a weapon.
September 24, 2013 10:16 AM ET | Delete
September 24, 2013 10:21 AM ET | Delete
You just sound like your angry not writing a balanced thread. Scott was on the ice already. Do I need to type this again? Carlyle was ignorant sending his very best player out there. He could of put anyone else out there. Kessel was jawing with Scott and they both went at each other then Kessel wisely back away to let his other players deal with it. Then Kessel punked out and started slashing Scott while he was being held. This is not a big deal Scott never punched him. Any other comments is just crying. Scott does have his purpose as other enforcers do. Scott is not very talented but most other enforcers maybe a little better but not enough so they have duel purposes of enforcing and playing good hockey.
September 24, 2013 10:21 AM ET | Delete
This is the dumbest blog ever written on here..... Scott did nothing more than any other enforcer in the league would have done.... including your good Orr. Stop deflecting the dumb decisions made by Clarkson, Kessel and your coach.
September 24, 2013 10:24 AM ET | Delete
You Leaf fans never stop crying
September 24, 2013 10:30 AM ET | Delete
I cannot blame Kessel for trying to defend himself..he is not a fighter. I do not condone stick swinging though. As for Roulston, I think he is the one to blame not Scott. The Sabres have to have Scott on their team because they are known to be soft around the league. That means, teams will take liberties and cheap shots at the Sabres knowing they can get away with it. The only way to stop this stuff is to ban fighting..that means Scott, DeVane, Orr, McLaren and others will not be in the NHL. As well, call a penalty a penalty no matter how many times it is done.
September 24, 2013 10:31 AM ET | Delete
Kessel will get a 4 game suspension because he is a star player there. should have gotten 10. hes a little girl.
September 24, 2013 10:33 AM ET | Delete
This is plain retarded. Scott was on the ice BEFORE Carlyle put Kessel out there. The ONLY blame for this lays with the Make-Me-Laffs head coach.
September 24, 2013 11:01 AM ET | Delete
if Kessel gets less than Kassian it will be a disgrace, it totally had intent to injure
September 24, 2013 11:05 AM ET | Delete
This is the worst blog written on this site in a long time, full of ignorance and sheer stupidity. As hundreds of other users have already written, here are some facts:- Scott was on the ice already and stayed on the ice- Carlyle put Kessel out, knowing Scott was already out there- Number of punches Scott threw at Kessel: zero- Number of two-handed slashes Kessel landed on Scott: 2-3- Number of spears at Scott: 1- Number of guys tangled up with Scott when he was being slashed by Kessel: 2-3- Number of retarded homer Leafs fans on this site: too many to count
September 24, 2013 11:06 AM ET | Delete
This is the worst blog written on this site in a long time, full of ignorance and sheer stupidity. As hundreds of other users have already written, here are some facts: - Scott was on the ice already and stayed on the ice - Carlyle put Kessel out, knowing Scott was already out there - Number of punches Scott threw at Kessel: zero - Number of two-handed slashes Kessel landed on Scott: 2-3 - Number of spears at Scott: 1 - Number of guys tangled up with Scott when he was being slashed by Kessel: 2-3 - Number of retarded homer Leafs fans on this site: too many to count
September 24, 2013 11:12 AM ET | Delete
Beezer33 Im sure he outscores every player on your team.... ever single season... LOL. Different skill sets for different players my friend. Ignorance is bliss.
September 24, 2013 12:00 PM ET | Delete
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September 24, 2013 1:13 PM ET | Delete
lol
September 24, 2013 3:27 PM ET | Delete
John Scott should not be suspended more that Clarkson for the biggest reason: he was already on the ice. That is why. Period. Scott, however, if suspended, would not be bad either. But again, Scott did not land a hit on Kessel. Mostly just went at him. Kessel, on the other, hand started swinging his stick not once, not twice, but three times at Scott, with a spear later. So again, no rule says you cannot go after a guy if you are on the ice (unlike Clarkson).I think that the referees should have stepped in when Tropp lost his helmet. Devane did remove it but the refs could have stepped in and should if the league is to enforce this no helmet rule.
September 24, 2013 6:29 PM ET | Delete
Banned? jeez you would think he swung a stick at a guy or something.
September 25, 2013 1:22 AM ET | Delete
lol. take your goggles off. Scott did nothing but say boo lol
September 25, 2013 3:02 PM ET | Delete
hey dumb ass .john scott was already on the ice ,of course there was going to retaileation after your goon broke are guys jaw and the class toronto fans cheered .kessel isnt fucking gretky so get that out of head. he a little bitch that has to swing his stick because anyone could beat his ass. if didnt want him out you had the last change stupid move by your coach ahh. and what ass hat paul ranger the night before. toronto has sucked for so long they bearly made the playoffs last year for the first time in how many years . just shut your pie hole you dont know anything about hockey
September 25, 2013 6:52 PM ET | Delete
They only made the playoffs because it was a shorten season. lol
September 25, 2013 7:42 PM ET | Delete
Excellent and well written. For the Leaf haters, the NHL also has to consider the mental health of players like Scott as well. Would he pass a psychiatric examination? The UK police could have him locked him up indefinitely, dont know about the Law in Canada though. Some of you need a reality check or perhaps locked up indefinitely yourselves to protect the public from you!
September 25, 2013 9:35 PM ET | Delete
Swinging your stick is something a pussy would do. And that is exactly what happened. Never saw Gerbe swing a stick at Chara.
September 26, 2013 7:50 PM ET | Delete
Wow, again Scott was on the ice already, and because Kessel told everybody that Scott told him he was gonna jump him, so he had to defend himself by swinging his stick. Just like he did the week before against Philly. Why didn`t Carlyle put Clarkson out instead of Mrs. Kessel. Well Scott said in his interview that he was only going to scare him, I actually believe him, and if you watch the video Kessel is actually chirping at Scott, I suppose Mrs. Kessel was asking him not to B!TCH slap him. Clarkson broke a rule, what did Scott due, drop his gloves, get attacked by 3 Leafs players and take multiple slashes and a spear. It`s hockey, the fine was stupid. Carlyle should be fined for being stupid, he put Kessel in that situation.
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