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Sabres send three players from Leafs line brawl to AHL

Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-3 in preseason action

TORONTO, ON- SEPTEMBER 22 - David Clarkson skates in from the left to join a scrap involving all the players on the ice, David Clarkson may have left the bench to join the melee in the third period as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-3 in preseason action at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, September 22, 2013. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

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The Buffalo Sabres have made roster moves in the aftermath of Sunday’s melee with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Three players directly involved with the line brawl -- forward Mike Zigomanis and defensemen Chad Rudhwedel and Drew Bagnall -- have all been dispatched to AHL Rochester, the club announced on Monday.

Also headed to Rochester are Matt Hackett, Brayden McNabb and Matt Ellis.

Ruhwedel, Bagnall and Zigomanis all received fighting majors and 10-minute misconducts for their participation in the brawl. Ruhwedel squared off with Tyler Bozak, Bagnall with T.J. Brennan and Zigomanis with Andrew MacWilliam (who, it should be noted, was also dispatched to the AHL on Monday.)

All told, the game featured 239 penalty minutes and could produce as many as three suspensions: David Clarkson for leaving the bench to engage in a fight, Phil Kessel for a match penalty after slashing John Scott and Scott for going after Kessel.