Moments after a tribute video and warm ovation from the Air Canada Centre crowd, Dion Phaneuf wasted little time in changing the tone.
Phaneuf: "I just want to thank the fans for what they did. It meant a lot to me. That was some good closure. Real classy by them."— @markhmasters
During a television timeout early in first period on Saturday night, Phaneuf appeared emotional as he acknowledged the fans he played in front of for six-plus seasons as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
But in his first game in Toronto since being dealt to the Ottawa Senators, Phaneuf quickly changed gears when he picked up a fighting major for a dust up with Colin Greening. Fittingly, Greening was part of the package acquired by the Leafs in that blockbuster trade on Feb. 9.
Click on the video player above to watch Phaneuf and Greening trying to spark their teams in a battle of provincial rivals.