Montreal enforcer Georges Laraque returned to the line up earlier thie evening after resting 18 games in the hopes of alleviating a nagging groin injury that has plagued him since back in 2007.
The reigning heavyweight Kingpin wasted little time in his defense of the crown as he found Toronto tough guy Brad May a minute into the game.
This isn't the first time these two have exchanged and the result of this bout came as no surprise considering Laraque is rested and eager to knock some folks around and May is in the twilight of his sixteen year career and is not the same fighter he was when Tuff Guy magazine had him ranked among the top 25 fighter's in the NHL over a decade ago.
May is an outstanding team player and this characteristic is the reason why this is the third Brian Burke team May has been enlisted to skate with.
I'm willing to bet May was sure he wouldn't win, but winning was not the point, the point of this kamikaze display of stones was May's attempt at giving the Maple Leaf bench an early spark, some momentum to work with on the road in their biggest rivals domain and it worked as the Leafs polished off the hated Habs 5-2 in a highly contested Original Six tilt.
Laraque vs. May I- 12-20-03
Laraque vs. May II- 10-21-05
Laraque vs. May III- 2-7-09