Unexpected Participants Join Battle of Ontario
MacArthur isn't a fighter, but with his WHL and AHL experience he's accumulated over a dozen fighting majors throughout his career. Gonchar had just one going into last night's game, and it came over 13 years ago.
The fight was quick. MacArthur put Gonchar to the ice before Gonchar could even get going. Gonchar seemed amused with himself in the penalty box and teammate Erik Karlsson gave him a round of applause for his efforts. This is all seen better in the replay (the second clip on the fight details page).
There was a two-fer later on. Luke Schenn took on Nick Foligno and before things settled down Chris Neil gave Carter Ashton a shove. Mikhail Grabovski stepped in and him and Neil threw a couple of punches before landing on the ice. They were quickly broken up. Both players were ejected for fighting after another fight has already started. Grabovski was given an extra game misconduct for not having his sweater tied down.
Don Brennan says the lineup strategy backfired:
Suddenly, Daniel Alfredsson was taking needless abuse from Mike Komisarek. Suddenly, guys like Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson and Kyle Turris were at greater risk of being maimed by goons like Jay Rosehill and Dion Phaneuf. Suddenly, the Leafs were the kings of Scotiabank Place.
Once again, Carkner should have been in the lineup for Matt Gilroy, who has yet to distinguish himself in a Senators jersey. And once again, Konopka should have been playing for Jim O'Brien, who skates and hustles, but really has had no impact on the outcome of games.
Mike Weber vs Shawn Matthias Mar 17, 2012
Mikhail Grabovski vs Chris Neil Mar 17, 2012
Luke Schenn vs Nick Foligno Mar 17, 2012
Cody McLeod vs Stu Bickel Mar 17, 2012
Christian Ehrhoff vs Kris Versteeg Mar 17, 2012
Sergei Gonchar vs Guy Carbonneau Nov 27, 1998
Clarke MacArthur vs Sergei Gonchar Mar 17, 2012
Matt Martin vs Ryan White Mar 17, 2012
Brandon Sutter vs Nate Prosser Mar 17, 2012
Maxime Talbot vs Johnny Boychuk Mar 17, 2012
Zac Rinaldo vs Gregory Campbell Mar 17, 2012
Brad Staubitz vs Chris Neil Mar 16, 2012
P.K. Subban vs Colin Greening Mar 16, 2012
Wayne Simmonds vs Matt Martin Mar 15, 2012
Paul Bissonnette vs Guillaume Desbiens Mar 15, 2012