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Foligno relives a wild in-your-face night with Leafs

Marcus Foligno's crunching hit on Carl Gunnarsson just 12 seconds into Tuesday's game resulted in a separated shoulder for Gunnarrsson that will probably keep the Toronto defenseman out of the world championships coming up in his native Sweden. It also set a tone for the entire night, with the Leafs getting hit, chasing Foligno around the ice and ultimately getting burned by him at the game's climactic moment.

Foligno and Toronto defenseman Mike Komisarek were chirping for several seconds on the faceoff prior to Jordan Leopold's tying goal. Foligno then beat Komisarek to the puck behind the net and got it to the front, leading to the bizarre scrum that saw the Sabres poke it home and force overtime.

"I don't know if it was just one of those things, last two minutes in the game and he's trying to put fear into someone young but I wasn't really going to have any of that," Foligno said. "I just gave it right back to him."

Komisarek had Foligno's head pinned to the ice during much of the scrum but Foligno bolted to his feet, arms raised, and woofed pretty good at the veteran D-man heading back to the bench.

"Scoring against a guy that's been heckling you all game is probably the biggest relief and the biggest rub in the face," Foligno said with a grin. "That's just what I did. I was just so jacked up he was giving it to me that whole shift and we were able to score when he was on the ice. I just wanted to let him know we scored against him. That's all."

Watch the videos of Foligno's big plays and listen to the audio from his session with reporters below as he relives the hit and the scrum. 

Marcus Foligno

---Mike Harrington

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