From the opening faceoff, the Senators were determined to put the battle back into this provincial hockey debate.
The visitors forced the play, tested Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer and engaged in two fights, one of which sickened all who watched.
Just 26 seconds into a game the Leafs would win 5-4, rookie Senators winger Dave Dziurzynski squared off to fight Leafs winger Frazer McLaren and was knocked out cold by a McLaren punch. For several frightening seconds, Dziurzynski lay face down on the ice, motionless.
Finally, as trainer Gerry Townend rushed to his aid, Dziurzynksi stirred to consciousnessness, but was very unsteady as he fought to regain his feet. He was helped off the ice by Townend and Ottawa forwards Chris Neil and Zack Smith.
During the first intermission, the Senators confirmed Dziurzynski suffered a concussion in his first NHL fight and would not return to the game.
A few minutes after that unsettling staged fight, Neil fought Colton Orr.
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