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.
The incident occurred midway through the third period of Anaheim’s 4-0 win, and Vatanen wasn’t penalized on the play. Booth left the game and didn’t return; this morning, the Leafs called up Matt Frattin from the AHL Marlies as a potential injury replacement.
Leafs saying David Booth has a broken nose. Uncertain whether he can play tonight.
For the second time in three nights, the Toronto Maple Leafs were kept to a zero on their side of the scoreboard. The losing continues.
On Wednesday, the fell by a final score of 4-0 to the Anaheim Ducks in the second of three games through California on this current road trip. Corey Perry had the hat trick – his third already this season – and Ryan Getzlaf had two assists.
According to hockeystats.ca, which tracks the analytic side of the game, Perry and Getzlaf dominated puck possession at even strength, with 75 and 77 per cent Corsi For ratings, respectively.
Hey, at least the Leafs outshot their opponents. That’s something, right? This month, the Leafs have been shut out twice, kept to one goal in a game on two different occasions and have undergone a coaching change.
The Leafs never went 4 straight games holding opponents under 30 shots during Randy Carlyle era. Have already done so to start Horachek era.