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01-25-2013, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Oil Gauge View Post
He didn't fight him until Nolan started throwing them. Sure I'd agree if Smid started the fight, but Nolan dropped his gloves well before Smid did.

the criteria for an instigator are any of these:
distance traveled; gloves off first; first punch thrown; menacing attitude or posture; verbal instigation or threats; conduct in retaliation to a prior game (or season) incident; obvious retribution for a previous incident in the game or season.

Smid you could argue had:
distance traveled and maybe verbal instigation or threats.

Nolan had:
gloves off first, first punch thrown.

Nolan should have got an instigator as well then.
I would think that the circumstance would have to be taken into consideration. Eberle just got hit...not even that a legal check. Smid jumps in to defend him. To me that is instigating a fight. Just my take on it.

I hope they make this call every time a legal hit is made and someone feels that they have to "pay" for it. It's hockey...there will be hitting involved at some point.

Of course if an elbow to the head happens, get in there and take care of business as required.

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