Mar 17, 2012; Ottawa, ON, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Clarke MacArthur (16) fights with Ottawa Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar (55) in the first period at Scotiabank Place. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Battle Of Ontario Continues During The Lockout

Just because there is no NHL hockey being played, doesn’t mean that the rivalry between the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs isn’t as intense as ever.

Earlier this week a Senators fan noticed a Roots store with a display full of Maple Leafs gear at a mall near Ottawa. The fan was apparently upset that there was no Senators merchandise in sight, and before long an Ottawa fan group, called the Red Scarf Union, took aim at the store’s Twitter account.

The group posted the Roots phone number and urged fans to call in and give them a piece of their minds. Roots responded by removing the display, but said they will continue to sell Leafs merchandise in their store.

Are Senators fans so paranoid that they really had to make a federal case out of this? It appears so. Even after their great 2011-12 campaign and essentially owning the Leafs in the regular season for nearly a decade, it looks like Ottawa is still suffering from a Napolean Complex.

Mike Ulmer commented on the matter in his blog yesterday, and let’s just say he didn’t mince words.

Senators fans may be better served to focus on themselves instead of worrying about some merchandise from a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since the last lockout. Taking down a Leafs display in a mall isn’t going to help you beat them in a post-season series.

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