Even with a three-game winning streak after beating the Toronto maple Leafs 5-3 on Saturday night, the Ottawa Senators are basement dwellers in the NHL’s Atlantic Division. With the Leafs jockeying for playoff position, you can understand why Toronto’s players might be a little irked about losing to an inferior opponent. However, nothing could’ve prepared anyone for the wrath of Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly.
Sens forward Ridly Greig is kind of a punk-ish 21-year-old who got the brilliant idea to troll Toronto when he broke away to open ice and had the chance to score an empty-net insurance goal. With the goalie pulled and the Leafs trying for the equalizer, Greig pulled away from the defense, made sure he was at point-blank range, wound up, and straight-up ripped a slap shot for an ENG.
Rielly was not pleased, and proceeded to absolutely whack Greig in the face with his stick:
Here’s the thing, though: The vast majority of spectators and, of course, Rielly’s own team are defending his actions. Was it worth the possible suspension? Perhaps! Not that I’d advocate for such violent action in any other context, but hockey ain’t no normal sport.
This is a game in which referees literally halt all the action, and two or more dudes throw their gloves down and proceed to try to batter each other to a pulp. Nobody stops them. So yeah…I’m not surprised to see a lot of folks stumping for what Rielly did — even Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe!
Yall would’ve called us soft if we didn’t do anything. We lay that little fk out and now we’re classless? The slapshot into an empty net isn’t classless?? He deserved getting dropped, stfu. Morgan Rielly good stuff good response pic.twitter.com/UMLveQFeGx
I think many are missing the point here. Of course Rielly should not have done that. Of course he broke the rules. However, I love it very much and thought it was very cool . I love Morgan Rielly even more now