Clean or dirty, you go high on a guy wearing a C and you better be ready to go. O'Byrne's not a fighter (hence the visor) but he did what a teammate does and Stuart had nothing for him. Sharks announcers should stick to water polo.
Stuart was doing a bad Scott Stevens impersonation by sticking that elbow into the high flying Landeskog, who's a valuable piece of real estate to the Avs. O'Byrne did what had to do but he took a lot of penalties for his effort.
I'm going out on a limb here and would say that was a borderline head shot ( ?? NHL rules )...
Not blaming Stuart, but he perhaps could have eased off on the hit ? The guy's head was in a vulnerable position even though it was a 'clean' shoulder contact.
Looks like O'Byrne has found a new home where he fits in well...good on him.
"That is the criteria as I understand it", LMAO. The definition of instigator is to incite an unwilling opponent into an altercation (fight). Therefore, leaving your position on the ice to ask somebody to fight is not instigating. THAT is why the "instigator rule" is the dumbest rule in pro sports. Get rid of it. Having said that, lame fight!!!