In the first period of Game 1, Clifford hit Colton from behind and face-first into the boards, which opened a cut on the bridge of Colton’s nose. Clifford received a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct. Before the game even began, many fans were upset that veteran Jason Spezza was a healthy scratch, giving Clifford the spot instead.
DOPS handed out other fines to players on both sides. The Leafs’ Wayne Simmonds and Lightning’s Patrick Maroon were fined $2,250, while Tampa’s Corey Perry was fined $2,500 for Unsportsmanlike Conduct, all of which was the maximum allowed under the CBA.
Toronto won Game 1 by a score of 5-0, so the Leafs will take a one-game series lead into Wednesday.
Over at FanDuel Sportsbook, the Toronto Maple Leafs are -126 against the Tampa Bay Lightning for Game 2.
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