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06-07-2012, 11:11 AM
Schwartz Be With You
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Fights do have their place in hockey. Fights are mostly to entertain the fans, but that can have an outcome on the game. If the crowd gets going, and gets the players going, it can have a monumental impact on a game. A lot of people don't believe in momentum within hockey games, but I certainly do. The crowd being behind you and pushing you has a lot to do with home ice advantage. Line matching is probably the greatest advantage of home ice, but the crowd is a close second. If a crowd is sitting back and doing nothing for a full period, then someone comes out with a huge hit, or a fight, and the crowd is energized and it sparks a goal, the place erupts. Not arguing we need to keep Stewart because he doesn't mind fighting, just defending fighting's place in the game.

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