"That guy's a big guy, 6-foot-5," Sabres coach Ron Rolston said. "And [Tropp's] a smaller guy, but certainly a battler. So guys weren't happy about it."
Tropp was left bloodied on the ice after the fight and had to leave the game.
"[Tropp] was the guy who instigated the fight," Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said when asked about the incident that allegedly spurred Scott to go after Kessel.
"Obviously, maybe they felt that was the problem was that there was a bigger man fighting a smaller guy."
Kessel was issued a match penalty for swinging his stick, which means an automatic suspension pending a ruling from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
Any discipline the Leafs sniper faces likely will pale in comparison to what teammate David Clarkson may be expecting as he jumped off the bench to join the fracas.
Clarkson could get 10 regular-season games for coming off the bench to join the fray.
"We're not proud or happy that went on, that's for sure," said Carlyle, who also said that he sent out Kessel's line in the hopes of defusing the situation after the fight between Devane and Tropp.
"I think Dave Clarkson made a mistake, and now we'll pay for it."
Clarkson was unavailable to the media after the game.
As the altercation reached a fever pitch, Bernier skated out of his crease and challenged Miller. The two went at it near the Sabres' blue line.
They grappled for a few minutes as the officials were otherwise preoccupied with the rest of the violence.
"I just asked him if he wanted to go, and obviously I don't think he seemed that he actually wanted to go, but that's the way it goes," Bernier said. "It's a hockey game, but you get hyper in energy and I wanted to defend my teammates."