Many expect Toronto's Frazer McLaren to challenge John Scott. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Leafs coach Randy Carlyle on preseason brawl: ‘It happened a long time ago’

BUFFALO – Tough guy John Scott, who ignited a preseason brawl between the Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs on Sept. 22, said Friday’s tilt between the rivals, the first since the wild melee, is getting “blown out of proportion.”

New interim Sabres coach Ted Nolan said he has “nothing to carry over” since he wasn’t there.

The Leafs, losers of two straight, don’t seem intent on exacting revenge during the home-and-home series, either.

“It happened a long time ago,” Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said this afternoon inside the First Niagara Center. “It’s things like that that we don’t like to remember, and it’s time to move on from that. We’re here to play a hockey game that’s going to give us the best chance for success.

“They’re a hockey club that wants to show their new coach what they’re made of it. It should make for an exciting time, geographically where we’re at and back-to-back. It’s six periods of hockey against the Buffalo Sabres.”

Leafs winger David Clarkson added: “Our plan is to go out there and win the game. We’re not worried about one individual person, one player. We’re worried about winning games.”

We’ll see what happens this weekend.

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