Originally written September 24, 2013 on NESN.com:
The NHL has handed down more punishment following the gigantic line brawl that erupted in Sunday night’s game between the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs. One day after giving Leafs winger David Clarkson an automatic 10-game suspension because he left the bench to join the line brawl, the league banned teammate Phil Kessel for the remainder of the preseason (three games) on Tuesday. “While we acknowledged that Kessel’s initial motivation was self-defense, he persists and swings his stick again even having escaped the immediate threat from Scott,” said Brendan Shanahan of the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. The NHL also fined Sabres head coach Ron Rolston on Tuesday for an “undisclosed amount for player selection and team conduct,” per NHL.com’s Dan Rosen. Kessel should consider himself lucky that he won’t miss any regular season games after slashing Sabres enforcer John Scott twice before coming back to spear him. For a league that has put so much of an emphasis on making ...
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