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03-13-2004, 12:19 AM
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Originally Posted by AngerBlue
In close games and the playoffs, the instigator penalty keeps fighting down. In a blowout, it doesn't change anything. Who cares if you get a couple extra mins when you are down 5-1? Berttuzi wasn't worried about getting a penalty when he went after Moore. The game was already out of hand.
That's true but that is not the whole issue. The suspensions that go with the accumulation of instigator penalties is a deterrant (something like 3 instigators = 1 game suspension)as well as the automatic game misconduct. If it's not an automatic anymore than I believe it is at least 17 minutes. 2, 5, and a 10. So players really need to pick their battles wisely.

Can anyone verify the ruling on the instigator penalty?

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