Found March 18, 2012 on Talk Hockey:

Chris Neil fights Mikhail Grabovski

Chris Neil added another gutless, and dirty incident to his career yesterday. In the second period of the Battle of Ontario, shortly after a Luke Schenn and Nick Foligno fight erupted, the Ottawa Senators heavyweight shoved rookie Carter Ashton from behind. Mikhail Grabovski, who was behind Neil, returned the shove, and then the two dropped the gloves.

Chris Neil has been in several NHL fights before, but for Mikhail Grabovski, this was his first. Neil and Grabovski each got a game misconduct for the fight, but Grabovski received an additional one for not having his jersey properly secured. I've really disliked Chris Neil from the start, but after watching hin throw punches on a much smaller and less experienced fighter in Mikhail Grabovski, my hate has grown.


Grabovski's fight was the highlight of Toronto's 3-1 win over Ottawa. Grabo gained a lot of respect from fans and his teammates for sticking up for his teammate.

“Seeing Grabo drop the gloves and doing pretty well for himself against a guy like Neil kind of fired everyone up,” Leafs defenceman Mike Komisarek said. "He did pretty well for himself to step in there and stand up for a teammate. That's what we're all about and I think every single guy went up to (Grabovski) at the end of the second to give him a pat on the back."

“Grabo’s a good friend of mine, so yeah, that was great to see,” added goalie James Reimer. “His hands are the most valuable thing to this team so I don’t think you want to see him do that, but it shows his passion for this team.”

Grabovski had an incident with Chris Neil in the preseason too. Neil delivered a blindside hit to the head of Grabovski when he wasn't even near the puck.

This game between the two Ontario rivals was the last meeting between the two teams this season. The win allowed the Leafs to split the season series with the Senators 3-3.

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