The game was pretty much over.
With only .5 seconds on the clock, a faceoff was coming but it was more of a formality. Until a commotion sprung up behind the Toronto net where Shawn Thornton had dropped the gloves and was busy throwing haymakers at Mark Fraser.
"[It was just a] heat of the battle thing," said Thornton. "Those things happen in hockey. I wasn't even aware how much was left on the clock."
When pressed further, Thornton said it had nothing to do with sending a message or in response to any frustration.
"It's part of the game. Obviously part of the game I'm supposed to do. No overthinking it, it just happened."