That was Toronto teammates Phil Kessel and David Booth, getting into a bit of a skirmish this morning at practice.
It wasn’t much of a fight, really. And predictably, after practice was over, the altercation was spun into a positive.
“It happens,” Booth said, per TSN.ca. “Guys get frustrated all year. I think that was just a drill that promoted competition. It’s actually good to see that. Hopefully we can take some of that competitive nature into the game tomorrow.”
What was going thru Peter Horachek's mind when Kessel-Booth started going after each other? "Great!"
Interim head coach Peter Horachek chose to bench Lupul during the Leafs’ 4-3 shootout victory over the Buffalo Sabres.
Lupul, who has just two assists and no goals in 16 games, had a costly turnover in the second period, which led to the Sabres’ second goal of the game.
Lupul played the final 1:32 of the second period, but watched the first 12:09 of the third period and did not play in overtime.
“I think Joffrey turned the puck over a few times and he let the guy go on the back-check going back to the net, gave him a chance,” said Horachek outlining the reasons for Lupul’s benching. “The guy could’ve scored, he basically shot it wide and hit the side of the net.
“There was two, three, four things that I didn’t think was up to his standards. Tonight I didn’t think that he was on top of his game.”
Lupul was dropped from his line alongside Peter Holland and Richard Panik to the fourth line. David Booth replaced Lupul on Toronto’s second power play unit.
Lupul, who averaged 15:44 in ice time this season entering Wednesday’s game, finished with 13:09 in time on ice.
David Booth, who was once a 30-goal scorer in the NHL but then endured a number of different injuries and a buyout last summer, finally scored his second goal of the season on Thursday.
You know what? It was actually quite a nice goal, too. It ends a scoring drought at 31 games for the winger.
Booth forced the turnover in the neutral zone, and seconds later he buried a Peter Holland pass top corner, over the shoulder of Ben Bishop. Booth last scored on Dec. 16 against the Anaheim Ducks. That goal also counted as the winner.