The Toronto Maple Leafs didn’t exactly play their best game of the season last night against Northeast Division rivals Montreal.
It was late in the first period, with the game still scoreless, when Canadiens rookie PK Subban and newly acquire Maple Leaf Joffrey Lupul decided to drop the gloves. Incase you missed it, here is the fight again:
It’s difficult to tell from the video, but Subban began throwing punches at Lupul before he was able to get his helmet off entirely. Although it is not stated in the rule book, it is a common rule to allow the opposing player the time to remove his helmet, if he so chooses to do so. This rule especially applies to players with visors.
Lupul was critical of Subban after the game.
“Eventually he’s going to stop getting the benefit of the doubt from guys around the league,” said Lupul.
The 27-year-old Lupul, who isn’t much of a fighter, also said he wasn’t happy with the way the fight started.
“It’s not the way I wanted to start the fight,” he said. “He said he didn’t know. Only he really knows. Maybe he thought we were just dropping our gloves and going, but pretty standard move when we both have visors on if you’re going to square off to just take them off and go.
“I’ve never had a problem with him,” Lupul continued. “…Tonight, I went to square off and fight him and he kind of got the jump on me. He apologized and said he didn’t know that I was taking my helmet off. What can you do? I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, but I’m just saying if his name keeps popping up over and over again eventually guys are going to stop giving him the benefit of the doubt throughout the league.”
He continued to go on, saying that players all around the league are going to begin disliking him.
“If his name keeps coming up on the front page of the sports (page) for doing something this week, next week, eventually guys are going to get fed up,” said Lupul.
Last night’s fight was the sixth of Lupul’s career (according to HockeyFights.com), coming in just his second game as a member of the Maple Leafs. He has no points and has a minus-2 rating since joining the Buds.
As for Subban, he has now dropped the mitts four times in his brief NHL career, according to HockeyFights.com.
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