The Maple Leafs are a pretty tough team. And that’s making them a tough team to beat at times.

Last night’s 5-4 win over the hated Ottawa Senators serves as a testament.

In the opening minute, fourth-line Maple Leafs tough guy Frazer McLaren dropped the gloves with Ottawa rookie Dave Dziurzynski. A scary moment followed as Dziurzynski lay flat-out on the ice, knocked cold from a quick McLaren jab to the chin.

Dziurzynski, thankfully, was able to skate off on his own accord, but he suffered a concussion in the incident, according to the Senators.

While no player — not even an opponent — wishes injury upon another in a fight, it established early on that the hosts were not going to be pushed around.

Five minutes later, Toronto bruiser Colton Orr and his common dance partner, Chris Neil, traded knuckle sandwiches.

The Maple Leafs appear to be relishing the old-time intimidator style these days. Every game, it seems, a member of the team drops the mitts, and every game, it seems, a member of the squad wins a fight.

While it might be cruel to consider McLaren the winner in his fight, all things considered, he clearly got the best of his opponent. Whether it sparked his team or not is up for debate, but the hosts built a 2-0 lead after one period and never gave it up, try as they did in the game’s late moments.

“We had a flat start last game. I was just trying to get us going early,” McLaren said following the win, which lifted Toronto’s record at home above .500 for the first time this season.

“Any time you’re in a fight, you never want to see that happen. I asked the doctor in between periods, just to get word that he’s alright,” the forward added. “It’s just an unfortunate incident.”