Against Kane we both know he didn't have to initiate that ****.
I agree. But Emelin plays a physical game. And you don't have to be shoving someone to end up with someone throwing the fists at you. Opponents will take exception to perfectly legal monster hits that Emelin can throw.
The kinda funny thing is...he doesn't want to 'turtle' / fall to the ice like Subban does. Neither can fight - Subban wisely avoids it, Emelin shows off his ability to not get thrown to the ice and take punches to back of head.