Tucker to Mara: Bring it on

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:37 AM ET

If Paul Mara is interested in going fist city again with Darcy Tucker, the Maple Leafs forward is rolling out the welcome mat.

Whether Mara-Tucker II actually takes place remains to be seen, but the possibility of another bout does exist when the Leafs and Boston Bruins lock horns in the finale of back-to-back games at the Air Canada Centre tomorrow night.

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The first round came during the opening peri odof the Leafs 3-1 loss Saturday.

After Tucker crushed 6-foot-9 behemoth Zdeno Chara into the boards, he gave Bruins superpest Marc Savard a shot, sending the Boston centre spilling to the ice.

Taking exception to Tucker's actions, Mara went after him and dropped the gloves. While both men received five-minute fighting majors, Mara also was slapped with a two-minute minor and 10-minute misconduct.

"I don't know what happened," Tucker said. "I'd been out there a long time.

"Mara will have his chance if he wants it early in the next game. He can have his chance if I'm rested. If he thinks he's going to try to fight battles like that, he can have his opportunity next time he comes in early in the game."

Mara can not understand what all the fuss is about.

"What did we instigate? "Mara said. "He went after our captain and (cross checked) our best player. We play these guys eight times a year and we can not allow those things to happen."

Mara's actions drew praise from his teammates, who have now defeated the Leafs twice in the span of nine days. Coach Dave Lewis took it one step further, referring to Mara's reaction as "fabulous."

Tucker might yet have something to say about that.


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