NHL line brawl: Maple Leafs, Sabres fight includes goalies

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Line brawls have become a rare occurrence in the NHL, but Sunday night's game between the Maple Leafs and Sabres hearkened back to old days. The goalies even got involved in this one.

The Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs engaged in a line brawl on Sunday night, which will likely result in multiple suspensions from the NHL's Department of Player Safety. The brawl began with the unlikely pairing of Buffalo forward John Scott and Toronto's Phil Kessel and ended with an even more unlikely pair: goaltenders Jonathan Bernier and Ryan Miller.

Scott dropped his gloves off a neutral zone faceoff and went to grab Kessel. Kessel immediately swung his stick with a significant amount of force on Scott's leg. Maple Leafs forward Carter Ashton came to Kessel's aide and engaged Scott and that was the beginning of mayhem breaking loose:

The result was 13 fighting majors, nine misconduct penalties, two game misconducts, two goaltender leaving the crease penalties, one match penalty and one leaving the bench penalty.

The last two penalties are the biggest problems for the Maple Leafs as David Clarkson left the bench to aide his teammates and Phil Kessel was given the match penalty for intent to injure.Both penalties carry mandatory suspensions, with Clarkson forced to sit 10-games and Kessel having to miss at least one.

Whether the NHL's Department of Player Safety will add any more games to Kessel's punishment remains to be seen.

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