One player hitting another is not a fight...
A) Carkner was sending a message.
B) it was cheep and classless.
The two things are not mutually exclusive.
Big deal, Boyle and Karlsson got their gloves up previous game, its the playoffs and nobody got hurt or was trying to injure anyone. What Carkner did was jump Boyle and then hit while he was on the ice. It's dangerous and far more disrespectful than anything that happened previously. There's nothing brave or tough about that. Especially when everyone knows what a horrible fighter Boyle is. The guy is absolutely no threat with his gloves off. Even so Carkner did zero damage, Boyle went on to play the game the way he always does, stayed involved and scored a goal. The only negative on the Ranger's part was to fail to score a goal on the 5 min power play.
I think it just shows Ottawa knows they are outclassed. They will try to win it cheap. They shouldn't count on the lucky bounces and calls they got last night. I'd love to see the Rangers dress Scott since Hagelin got three games, but I doubt they will feel they need to. The Senators are already avoiding Prust and Rupp, no way they will try Scott.
Many people have mistakenly referred to Weber's push on Zetterberg as an MMA move. What Carkner does here, however, is straight out of the UFC. Knock a guy down and start pummeling him with hammerfists. Except in the UFC the guys agree beforehand to fight and they both follow pre-established rules. What Carkner does here is unconsionable. And to call this retribution for the punches on Karlsson is absurd. Karlsson is a defenseman and should be able to stand up for himself. Moreover, Boyle had no bad intent with his little jabs. Finally, if this is an altercation and Dubinsky is third man in, then Spezza should have been third man in on Boyle-Karlsson altercation. When these kinds of calls are made the refs should have to defend themselves.
DMM, that's a great idea sending out Scott after Karlsson considering that's what started this junk to begin with. In case you missed game one, when a 6'7", 245 pound guy starts wailing on Ottawa's 175 pound All Star D man, he better be ready to drop them when Sens make their lineup change. By all rights, Carkner should have dummied Gaborik if all things were equal.
I cant understand all these people saying that boyle deserved it yes he hit alfie but he got sucker punched and my bet is it rung his bell leaving unable to defend himself. Also i cant belive that the linesman just stood there watching Carkner pound him on the ice to me that is unacceptable actually so far the whole 11-12 season has been one of the worst ever as far as the officiating goes it almost seems like the zebras are scared to make a call or get involved need a serious looking at in my opinion. and for Dubinsky getting tossed total crap yes there is a third man rule but when their is a reff standing 3 feet away just watching boyle getting pounded i really would like to see that reff get fired
And for the record i think anytime you drop your gloves and the other guy doesn't drop his if you start swinging it sould be a instant suspension just like leaving the bench im not saying it should be 10 games but i think it should be mandatory
That being said i believe fighting belongs in the game it is what makes our sport more exciting and the best in the world
Finally ottawa put matt and zanopka to protect there players, when you have toughness your players can play, good call on coach, neil scored konapka assist, ive been a touch guy in east cost we dont get the credits we deserve, teams will always need bad boy :-):-) hurt are good players where coming after you no matter what..... God job read army
Boyle is a 6'7" cheapshot artist. You can be sure Carkner let him know they were going to go. Boyle should have been ready when he saw Carkner coming and had the guts to fight him. He definitely would have fought back if it was anyone but Carkner. Typical Tortarella player. Pathetic.