5. Pat Burns vs Barrie Melrose 1993
It’s one of the most memorable playoff games in both Toronto Maple Leafs and Los Angeles Kings history,
and the image of Pat Burns storming between the benches at Maple Leaf Gardens is one of the most iconic
of the late coach’s career. In Game 1 of the 1993 Campbell Conference final, Marty McSorley sent Doug Gilmour
to the ice with a big elbow before he and Wendel Clark engaged in an epic heavyweight scrap.
Burns charged the Kings’ bench because he believed Barry Melrose ordered McSorley to go after Gilmour.
“If Ken Baumgartner did that to Wayne Gretzky, we would have been hung on Parliament Hill,”
Burns famously said at the post-game press conference.
One thing is certain: No one pointed a finger with more intensity than Burns.