Wayne Simmonds fight AJ Greer
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It remains a bad idea to fight Wayne Simmonds.

Toronto Maple Leafs’ power forward Wayne Simmonds destroyed Boston Bruins’ forward A.J. Greer in a fight on Wednesday night. It was as lopsided a fight as you’ll see all season.

The fight took place during the third period of Wednesday’s rivalry game between Toronto and Boston. After Greer scored to put the Bruins up 3-1 in the game, he was immediately challenged by Simmonds to fight on the ensuing faceoff. Greer obliged but instantly regretted his decision.

Simmonds made quick work of the Boston forward, landing an early heavy right that stunned him. Simmonds continued by feeding Greer lefts as the Bruins forward held on for dear life. It didn’t take long for Simmer to take Greer down to the ice.

Check out the fight below, which includes an incredible “ref cam” replay view of Simmonds delivering some brutal blows.


Even though Simmonds clearly won the fight, you have to give Greer credit for hanging in there with Simmer. Wayne is listed at 6’2″ and 184 lbs, while Greer is 6’3″ and 208 lbs. The Boston forward had a size advantage, but not an experience advantage. This was Simmonds’ 72nd career NHL fight, while Greer was only dropping the mitts for the sixth time in his pro career.

Greer and the B’s got the last laugh as they cruised to a 5-2 victory over Toronto to snap a three-game losing streak. Simmonds’ fight takedown appeared to spark the Leafs, as they scored shortly after to cut the Bruins’ lead to 3-2. That energy boost didn’t last long, however, as the Bruins kept the Leafs off the scoresheet the rest of the night while adding a few goals of their own.

Simmonds is one of the toughest NHL fighters, and his fights always deliver no matter the result on the scoreboard. We may be witnessing a new chapter in the Leafs vs Bruins rivalry, as Green and Simmonds got into it during the previous meeting. Back in January, Greer confronted Simmonds for a hit he threw on Boston captain Patrice Bergeron. Both players received misconducts in that game before deciding to settle the score in the February rematch.

Boston vs Toronto is already one of the NHL’s best rivalries, and now we have an excellent player feud brewing. While we give props to Greer for dropping the mitts with the fearless Simmonds, we recommend letting a fellow teammate take the fight next time given how lopsided Wednesday’s scrap turned out.