I think you make some good points. I just don't see how fighting majors, where one from each team sit for 5 minutes has anything to do with us getting of to a slow start. Staged fighting is what it is. I doubt it has much if any influence over the game itself. Fights that start because of bad history or raw emotions (see Brashear vs Domi or Lindros vs Barnaby/Boughner) is another matter...
The only other way I can break it down for you is that players get an adrenaline from the first puck drop. If there are a lot of whistles in the beginning of a game, from whatever reason, that adrenaline is lost.
I respect your opinion, but I completely disagree with you and I believe that in this instance, the fights at the beginning of the game absolutely had an impact on the Flyers' play in the first period. For this game, the Flyers game plan should have been to come out hard and dominate play early. But they didn't and I really feel, for the reasons stated prior, that these fights had a factor in that.
Leino to start tonight on a line with Carter and Briere. half a minute ago via web
Which was nice, but the score was not indicative of how the game was played
Fair enough with the Tampa game.
Excited about the Hartnell and Leino switch. Guessing Hartnell goes to the third line and Asham gets bumped to the fourth? Or maybe Hartnell goes to the first and Carcillo goes to the fourth again? Either way it's a good move, Hartnell just makes almost every play he's involved in die. Leino played well last game, showed some hands, and showed a willingness to park in front of the other goalie.
That's crazy, though I am not totally opposed to the loser point.
I kind of want to look at past post lockout years and see how many teams were in the playoff race around this point in the season.
I'd like to see an expanded OT which would hopefully reduce the amount of shootouts but as long as shootouts are part of the landscape I wouldn't be opposed to eliminating points for OT losses (not SO losses, just awarding a point in OT). I am not sure how that would change the flow of the game or how coaches would try to manipulate strategy.