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10-07-2013, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by billybudd View Post
The season Crosby got hurt, the Penguins lead the league in fights. Rupp, Asham, and Engelland were every-night players. Godard played about half the games he wasn't on IR (broken hand and broken orbital). Didn't really matter.

While I'm a big believer in fights as disencouraging overly physical play, Crosby hasn't really been a victim of that in his career. Orpik hit him with a slapshot, Steckel's an uncoordinated, tunnel-visioned clod (who once made a near identical "hit" on Backstrom during a linechange...they were teammates) and Hedman (who is possibly the softest player in the league) made a hit that wasn't particularly juicy and likely would have done bupkiss without the Steckel collision.

There was some early stuff with Hatcher, but that ended when Hatcher was like a minus 5 one game and Stevens(? might have been Hitchcock) started actively avoiding that matchup.

I guess Crosby was punched by Chara in this year's playoffs, but I don't know what you're suggesting should have been done about that. If MacIntyre would have been dressed and sent for retribution, the refs would have just chucked him on a phantom misconduct before he could have done anything.

I know this because the referees did exactly that to save Chris Neil (who had some beef with Brooks Orpik) from MacIntyre earlier in the season. If they won't let MacIntyre get at the likes of Neil, they surely wouldn't have let him get at a Norris winner.
Not the major injuries at all. I know some people complained about the Steckel hit being subtly intentional but I don't. I'm thinking more about the little things over the years. Getting goaded into the scrums, the crap that happened in the Philly series in 2012. Stuff like that. There are times when I often thought a tough guy taking someone aside (a Hartnell for instance) and straightening him up would have made a difference and let Crosby focus on hockey more.

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