The Toronto Maple Leafs’ 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday took a terrific turn late in the third period when a postwhistle scrum between Toronto defender Jake Muzzin and Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha left Mantha. Injured after a controversial game by Muzzin.
With less than two minutes left in the game, Muzzin fired a passive hit to Detroit’s Madison Beau as the blueliner broke into the Leafs offensive zone. Bowey returned to his skates after the hit, but Mantha hired Muzzin in a scrum after the game in defense of his teammate.
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Things got a gesture when Mouzin showed him throwing Mantha’s leg out from under him and threw the 25-year-old president on the ice from behind, causing him to hit his head hard on the ice. Mantha remained on the ground for a few moments before being helped by the ice by Red Wings and Bowey’s medical staff.
Postgame, Detroit’s head coach Jeff Brasil, has already ruled that Mantza will play for Sunday’s game against the Coyotes in Arizona, according to the Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James.
Muzzin, 30, received two minor penalties for the game: one for tampering and the other for unsportsmanlike conduct. Mantha was also assessed a minor penalty for mining.
The game just got tenser from there out there. After the scrum between Muzzin and Mantha, Detroit forward Andreas Athanasiou triggered another scrum and race before the race ends when he knocks Alex Kerfoot right out of the Maple Leafs zone with 34 seconds left in the game. Athanasiou had been issued a knee, injury and racing penalties for the game and a subsequent quarrel with Toronto coach Justin Holl.