MONTREAL -- Wade Belak has some unfinished business with Ottawa Senators tough guy Chris Neil.
Frustrated at seeing Neil spend much of the Sens 7-2 victory over the Maple Leafs Thursday night attempting to goad Darcy Tucker into a fight, Belak said he would have taken matters into his own hands had he received the opportunity.
"I would have loved to go out on the ice and bust my stick over (Neil's) head, the way he was following Darcy around," Belak said yesterday.
But Belak never really had the opportunity to fulfill his wish, finishing minus-2 for the night and receiving only 5:02 of ice time.
"Because of all the penalties and the way the game went, I didn't get much of an opportunity to get out there," he said. "And when I did, Neil's line was never really out there. It was frustrating to be sitting there and see (Neil) doing that.
"But I haven't forgotten. Not at all."
Belak's comments came just 48 hours after he described Neil and fellow Senators pugilist Brian McGrattan as "those idiots."
"The only way to get back is to be patient," Belak said. "We still have another four games against them. Who knows what might happen?"
The Leafs and Sens do not lock horns again until Dec. 30 at the Air Canada Centre.