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11-04-2013, 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Hiesenberg View Post
Aside from Emery, people on twitter watching said that for the most part, that whole melee started because a Caps player jumped a Flyers player. Truth? If so, why the hell aren't they getting crap for gooning it up?
To me and this is from only watching after-the-fact video Simmonds looked intent on being aggressive and knocking heads, and was definitely ready to fight. Technically, a Capital was the first to drop the gloves.

As for Emery, I wouldn't have been disappointed if he had been told to sit for a game by Shanahan, but like Bruce Arthur said in his weekend column, there is no mechanism within the rules for a suspension. In fact, the rules are too precise in the Aggressor (46.2) rule: three times in one regular season warrants two games, and goes from there.

I don't like what Emery did, but the refs / linesmen should have stepped in much earlier.

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