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02-21-2012, 07:00 PM
Jersey Fresh
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Originally Posted by MoreMogilny View Post
But why does he have to?

It's not like he went looking for a fight, that would be different.

He has no obligation to remove his helmet in a fight started by someone else.

Colton Orr, his teammate, had his career nearly ended because he had his head slammed to the ice after a fight.
'Started' probably isn't the best word. Clarkson was getting at him trying to get him to go, for sure, but he didn't 'force' the fight on him. Meaning he didn't jump him. Phaneuf didn't skate away. If he did, they wouldn't have fought. He talked to Clarkson, then tried to surprise him with punch. He knew was going to fight him eventually. Call it an unwritten rule that Phaneuf ignored (and he's not the first). Like I said, not a huge deal at this point, but he'd sure look better if he took it off.

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