ABOVE: Pre-season game between the Leafs and Sabres turns ugly. Rob Leth reports.
TORONTO – Phil Kessel scored his first two goals of the pre-season and the Toronto Maple Leafs held off a third period Buffalo Sabres surge to hang on for a 5-3 win Sunday night.
The Leafs also had goals from Trevor Smith, Josh Leivo and Jake Gardiner while Nikita Zadorov, Jamie McBain and Corey Tropp scored for Buffalo.
Kessel was involved in the main flash point of the game at 10:01 of the third when he was targeted by Sabres’ John Scott seconds after a fight between Leafs’ Jamie Devane and Tropp.
Kessel backed away from Scott while twice swinging his stick at the Sabres tough guy before some of his teammates jumped in.
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That precipitated a line brawl with Leafs’ David Clarkson jumping off the bench to join the fray, and a goalie fight between Ryan Miller of the Sabres and Jonathan Bernier of the Leafs.
By the end of the game, the benches on both sides were looking bare after numerous fighting majors and 10-minute misconducts were handed out.
You can watch the on-ice scrap below: