Russo's Sunday NHL Insider: First ugly fighting incident on league's first night

  • Article by: Michael Russo , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 5, 2013 - 3:39 PM

From the NHL’s opening night came the season’s first serious fighting injury —and fresh fodder for the anti-fighting faction.

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randjrjOct. 5, 13 7:02 PM

Time for it to go. It ruins the flow of a game.

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tcatheartOct. 5, 1310:38 PM

@ randjrj...at times, maybe. But in other circumstances, it can easily change the momentum of the game and swing it in the favor of the home team. I think there is a time and a place for it, though I don't get too excited or cheer for it like I used to. Watch "Last Gladiator" about Chris "Knuckles" Nilan and it may change your view on fighting in hockey...

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mrblueskyOct. 7, 13 8:35 AM

Everyone should read the book "The Code." There is a place and need for fighting in hockey. I learned a big lesson when after Orr pulled that big ole mustache to the ice, he quit and was genuinely concerned about the big man. My hat is off to Colton Orr. You HAVE to have the threat of fighting in the NHL or it would be a completely different game. Your smalle guys and stars would be getting cheap shotted at every turn! Mike Ramsey told me once after I asked him who is the last person he wants to see coming at him one on one during a game? Yzerman! Really why is that? Ramsey, because if you touch him Probert will come on the ice and beat the snot out of you in front of 17 thousand people!

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bigbear815Oct. 8, 13 5:12 AM

These things happen. The best way to ending fighting is to let it go. Back in the day the refs let the fights go to conclusion. Ever seen any footage of the "Rocket" going at it or footage of Mr. Hockey Gordy Howe punching some guys lights out? It was all out war. Players will think twice about dropping the gloves if they know the ref won't jump in to break it up to save them. It is all so very simple.

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