Round two?

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:29 AM ET

If you're a Maple Leafs fan and have not yet circled Nov. 19 on your calendar, now might be a good time to do so.

That's the night the Leafs play host to the Atlanta Thrashers, and it's clear that a week after the shenanigans between the clubs, the Toronto players remain bitter.

After watching the incident between Thrashers forward Eric Boulton and Tampa Bay Lightning rookie defenceman Paul Ranger on Thursday night, the Leafs were circling the wagons yesterday, claiming again Thrashers coach Bob Hartley sends his players out to fight, or worse.

"I wish I was on that team and he told me to do something," Leafs winger Tie Domi said. "Because it would probably be the first time somebody sees a fight on the bench."

Boulton, whose run at Eric Lindros' head touched off a brawl between the Leafs and Thrashers last Friday night, has been suspended by the NHL pending a hearing for his vicious elbow on Ranger.

Ranger suffered a concussion and a hairline fracture of the jaw.

Lightning coach John Tortorella went on a profanity-laced tirade against Boulton after the game, but told the Canadian Press yesterday he regretted his outburst.

Boulton has a hearing with NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell on Monday and is facing a lengthy suspension.

The Lightning was ahead 6-0 when Boulton, who had just seven shifts and four minutes, 51 seconds of ice time, labelled Ranger late in the third period.

Some Leafs don't buy the premise that Boulton has been acting of his own volition. They said as much last week, and his elbow on Ranger was seen as further proof.

"It would be nice to see the coach get fined or something like that when you know he is the problem," said Wade Belak, who played for Hartley with Hershey of the AHL.

"(Hartley) used to send us out all the time to do stupid things. That's just the way he is. Maybe that comes from never playing pro."

NO REASON

Leafs coach Pat Quinn has no time for acts of violence that seemingly have no reason for happening.

"I don't know what the answer is," Quinn said. "The way you used to handle it was you made sure someone on the bench looked after that sort of thing or you emptied the benches."

Thrashers general manager Don Waddell told the Canadian Press that Hartley, who coached the Colorado Avalanche to a Stanley Cup in 2001, is not going anywhere.

In their past four games, all losses, the Thrashers have been outscored 22-2.


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