Maple Leafs show some fight — in practice
Things got a little testy at Maple Leafs practice on Sunday, with Carl Gunnarsson and Joey Crabb getting into a scuffle with each other.
Crabb got a couple of hard rights in on Gunnarsson before coaches Rob Zettler and Greg Cronin and teammate Nikolai Kulemin separated the two. Crabb and Gunnarsson jawed at each other while skating away.
The two later made up; coach Ron Wilson made them both lead the after-practice stretches for their chuckling teammates.
“We were just battling,” said Crabb. “I thought he butt-ended me, he claims he didn’t. That’s fine. We’re working hard out there and trying to get better. A quick little tussle, and that was it.”
Gunnarsson seemed almost embarrassed by it.
“I don’t know what happened,” said Gunnarsson. “A battle drill. We both kind of snapped. Stuff happens.
“When practice is over, it’s over. Nothing more to it.”
Nobody really minded it. A few teammates laughed.
“We do some battle drills and guys are going to get into it,” said centre Tyler Bozak. “It’s happened on every team I’ve ever been on, so it’s not much of a surprise. You never let it get out of hand. It’s good to see everyone battling hard and really into it.”
Wilson said it had nothing to do with the team’s recent frustrations on the ice — the Leafs are losers of four of their last five.