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07-03-2011, 12:42 PM
Fight, Troll, Score
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Maryland native
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You mean avenge, of course. There is very little opportunity for actual protection.
Boogaard could not protect Mikko Koivu, Odjick could not protect Richard Zednik, Chara could not protect Nathan Horton, Thornton could not protect Marc Savard, Bertuzzi did not protect Naslund, Ryan White could not protect Pacioretty. I could go on forever.
Just the fact that THREE Bruins are on the list for guys whose bells were rung, some multiple times, should tell you that having tough guys does not protect against cheap shots.
No protection = free for all. Hunt to extinction. Whatever you want to call it. They'll keep on doing it, no holds barred.
Protection = Opposing players must be willing to assess the RISK in doing something "over the edge" to someone. It becomes "
tit for tat
". They have to "pick their spots" more carefully because the "payback" is more severe. Injuries from the fight can occur, and the player might have to back down.
I'm pretty sure Boychuk backed down from trying to stick out his knee once Ryan White came and stood up to him.
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