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03-22-2013, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by tarheelhockey View Post
It's not about fighting in the last 5 minutes. If it were, Westgarth would be suspended too.

It's an instigator penalty in the final five minutes that carries extra discipline. In this case, Selleck wasn't instigating. Westgarth was roaming around looking for a partner and Selleck accepted a little too quickly after coming off the bench.

Situations like this just highlight how badly the league controls fighting by adding extra rules. Selleck wouldn't have received ANY extra discipline if he had skated in a big circle for 10 seconds and then waved at Westgarth to have a big staged event at center ice. But because he just skated straight to him got down to business, he gets 2 games and a fine. It's ridiculous.
While I agree that the rule is stupid, all Selleck had to do was yell at Westgarth so he could see him coming. You cant jump on a guy who still has his gloves on and you have already dropped yours. No matter how much the other guy was looking for a partner.

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