Originally Posted by Tucker_316
I hate the Bruins but to be fair here, some of you are saying Mclaren(second best fighter on the leafs) stepped up to Scott while none of the Bruins have since he beat Thornton. While true, Mclaren is still a plug fighter, and thats his main job and the only reason why he has a gig in this league. He's gotta do that. Chara and Lucic honestly really dont. They'd do just as well I figure.
The other thing is that I dont believe the Leafs can do what you guys think they can do vs Boston. When is the last time a Leaf beat a Bruin in a fight? They can with a guy like Orr, but I think after Orr, the Bruins have their way with the rest of the Leafs squad. You can say all you want that the Leafs are super tough but they beat up on a Habs team that was playing without a heavy, which is something the B's have done too, and they fight a bit more this year..but Westgarth(not such a good fighter since being in the NHL) edged out Orr, and it's not like the Leafs guys have been dominating fights here..the only somewhat impressive win was Mclaren on Scott, aside from this Fraser edges Prust while earlier that same year Prust beats Brown, ya know?
Now fragile Orr is already down and out again, and sooner or later you gotta imagine Mclaren will be sitting when the Leafs are fighting for that 8th spot at the end of the season. Phaneuf will then continue barking and acting tough, and Komi might go for his yearly beating at the hands of Lucic.
I'll gladly chew on my words though if I turn out to be wrong.
Good points but while I agree that McLaren has to fight to stay in the league, I don't think he had to fight Scott in that situation. They were up by a goal in the third period and many fighters would have used that as an excuse not to fight the big guy. MacDermid is also a plug fighter but he wouldn't fight Scott and he went at the Leafs third best fighter instead of trying to tackle Orr or McLaren.
I also think the Leafs have had a few more impressive bouts than you give them credit for. Orr and Brown have put down Scott and Asham respectively. I thought Fraser did more than edge Prust in that fight. And while Orr and McLaren did not beat fighters on Montreal, that was a hell of a display of team unity and toughness as far as answering for Prust going at one of their skill players.