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Wayne Simmonds was ejected because his opponent was too slow

Wayne Simmonds was kicked out of the third period against the Leafs on Monday night in the preseason opener.

Korbinian Holzer of the Maple Leafs was really not alright with the above hit from Wayne Simmonds during the third period of the Flyers game against Toronto on Monday night.

Simmonds gave him a little bump at the end of the play (watch the video, it was really just a slight love tap), and Holzer got reaaaaaaalllly irritated. He went right after Simmonds, right at the face. Simmonds dropped the gloves and absolutely pummeled Holzer, for which No. 17 was given a five minute major for fighting and a misconduct.

Officially speaking, Simmonds was ejected for breaking Rule 46.5, as follows:

Any player who persists in continuing or attempting to continue a fight or altercation after he has been ordered by the Referee to stop, or who resists a Linesman in the discharge of his duties shall, at the discretion of the Referee, incur a misconduct or game misconduct penalty in addition to any penalties imposed

But let's be real. If Holzer could've peeled his gloves off his hands fast enough after getting in Simmonds' face, they just would've had a fight and it would've been all said and done.

Here's audio of Holzer speaking post-game, courtesy of Leafs reporter David Alter:

I think you said it. Don't back off. He shoved me from behind into the boards after the whistle, so. You don't have to take everything, it doesn't matter who it is. I think a little push back doesn't hurt. Obviously I've got glue in my gloves. It always takes a little bit of time before I take them off. Other than that, he's a strong man and I just tried to hold on.

Probably an unfair ejection for Simmonds, but whatever. It's just preseason.

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