Chris Neil goes after rookie Carter Ashton, fights Grabovski.
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03-18-2012, 01:05 AM
Paris in Flames
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Hindsight... He made a dumb mistake for the following reasons;
1) Neil has no effect on the outcome of the game
2) Grabo is far more valuable to the leafs than Ashton
3) Grabo could've been injured
4) Grabo in the box for 5 minutes could've changed the game
5) Ashton is 6'3", 215pds - he could've tied Neil up better than Grabo
Any way, luckily this didn't change the outcome of the game and Grabo is fine...but some players make dumb decisions in the heat of the moment. Another example of this happened a couple games ago when Cowen one of the sens best dmen fought Nokoleinan, a 4th line plug.
All legitimate reasons, yes, and it's true... I'd much rather Ashton fight Neil since he's actually experienced a fight before. Having said that, the game is meaningless. As a diehard, I get so much more from Grabo continuing to prove that he is the heart and soul of this team. Having seen the Leafs heartlessly finish season after season, I'll forever love Grabo for showing up game in and game out.
Grabo responded to Neil shoving Ashton and a fight broke out. It's gonna happen and I kinda don't fully blame Neil for it. I do think it'a a dick move to keep throwing punches when both guys are on the ice though. That's my only real issue here.
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