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11-15-2012, 07:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Buck Aki Berg View Post
NHockey players do not have x-ray vision. Nobody knew that Geoffrion was going to the hospital when he got hit. Even so, the hit isn't what hospitalized him, it was the landing - and that scrum would have occurred whether or not he took a skate to the face on the way down.

The end result doesn't justify the scrum, because the scrum would have happened whether he went to the hospital or if he went to the bench.

It takes more courage to swallow your emotions in the heat of the moment and pick the right time and place to retaliate then it does to throw down with the nearest opposite-coloured sweater, just because you see one of your own on the ice.
NHL players also don't have access to instant replay to determine exactly how a hit was thrown. If you see a team mate get absolutely destroyed and literally thrown through the air by massive hit, you go after the guy who hit him. Standard body checks shouldn't be starting fights (and they rarely do), but if your team mate gets completely blown up, it's part of the hockey code to throw down on his behalf. I don't like when games have scrums after every whistle, but total monster hits happen only once every few games, if a fight breaks out after a hit like this I think that's fine.

The hit itself was legal, but the fight after was still fine. If you don't start a fight over a massive hit like this, what DO you start a fight over?

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