What we saw tonight is exactly how teams are going to get played by the Maple Leafs and how teams absolutely must respond. We'll start with the Paul Bissonnette fight against Jay Rosehill.
And here it is in black and white. The Penguins were leading and in control of the game, and a simple hit by Paul Bissonnette on Francois Beauchemin leads to an attempt by Jay Rosehill to change the momentum for the Leafs. This is something that will happen in every single game against the Leafs and while an attempt at a momentum shift is something that is a primary reason to fight, it's going to happen constantly with Toronto. If someone doesn't throw down, we're going to see bullshit like what Mike Komisarek did.
That the Penguins were on the wrong side of the penalties after this fight is absolutely ridiculous. Komisarek goes from boarding Matt Cooke to mugging Jordan Staal. Staal's a fucking pimp though because once the whole, Komisarek jumping him got past, Staal took control of the fight and ended up on top of Komisarek. Much like gay sex, the guy on top is the dominant one.
Paul Bissonnette, in between working his ass off to make the NHL roster (and it's a testament to him that he is still on the team after the first AHL send downs), tied in being a total badass to protect his teammate, Tim "The Alaskan Storm" Wallace. Wallace can totally protect himself, mostly because I'm pretty sure he was raised fighting Red King Crabs in Alaska, but also because he's thrown down with the likes of Milan Lucic and is no stranger to fisticuffs. Bissonntte understands that, but he still comes riding to the defense, because that's what this team does, whether it's Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, or the goons like Godard and Paul here.
This is why you fight, so people think twice before lighting up your teammates. Against teams like Toronto this season, this is paramount.
So, Toronto, you have attempted to win back my favor with 3 fights after giving me table scraps and then cheating on me, eh? I don't know if I'm gonna buy it just yet. You guys should invest in a boom-box and some Peter Gabriel, you know where my window is, right?