Way to go trying to end a player's season, Chris, with that terrible knee on knee check on Stajan. Schenn showed the Leafs he wants to stay and that no doubt earned him the respect of his teammates. Even with the loss, kudos go to Luke.
Tons of respect goes to Schenn for instantly sticking up for his teammate and having the balls to take on a guy he knew would kick his ass. You could tell during the replay that he was bracing to be punched before he even grabbed Neil's jersey. I give Schenn a standing O for what he did, but unfortunately he doesn't come close to getting the W.
After watching the slow-mo replay, it's clear Neil moved the left skate over to clip the leg of Stajan. I Don't give a rats ass either way about either team or player, it was a low-brow move that could've injured the other dude badly. This was one of the rare responses by the Leafs fighter (who lost the fight) this year that was expected because of a dirty play.
Carcillo gets a suspension for reaching into a fight off the bench, and this choad isn't bounced for a clear intent to injure action? Lame.
Luke Schenn takes an exception to a knee-on-knee hit by Neil on Matt Stajan and immediately gets it on with Neil.
Both of them grab each other pretty fast and exchange a few punches, but mostly misses. Then Schenn tangles down Neil but lets him get back up on his feet. Neil, completely the douchebag he his, gets up and immediately starts throwing what looks like babykiller blows. After a few more exchanges, Schenn drops to one knee (due to off-balance) and Neil starts throwing real hands towards the now kneeing Schenn and the referees step in.
Despite the fact Neil didn't show any class whatsoever and didn't let Schenn come back up, one's gotta give props to Luke for squaring off in his first season, more noticeably with a guy like Neil.
Close fight, Neil might have had a very slight edge due to punching on a fighter who is down on one knee, but I'll score this a draw.
Schenn started strong then Neil's experience took over. Kudos to Schenn to stepping in. No matter how many times Schenn could have hit Neil's face he couldn't make him any uglier anyways, 24/7 "why me pout".