Give me a break, Boll hit Iginla from behind first, then takes off to the left if anyone needs a gut check its Boll. Iggy's the number 2 in points in the league, still goes AFTER the leader for fights in the NHL and controls the fight.
If it were a flat challenge where Iginla had something to prove to Boll then yeah better pop it off-- retaliating for a hit from behind, forget it.
Anyone who is saying "Iginla isn't as tough because he wears a visor and doesn't take it off" should take a long hard look at the video. He got hit from behind by two different Blue Jackets. He is obviously angry. Anyone's first reaction would not be "i need to take my helmet off because it might upset some critics if i have it on" it would be "Boll needs to be $hit-kicked for being a b!tch".
i cant pick iggy,if you want to start a fight take the visor off,if you dont want to take it off dont fight,i know you got hit from behind,i dislike boll for the hit but the visor,for get it man you score no points.
Boll is falling in the fighting category. The linesmen did a lousy job on the way they intervened with incorrect timing and technique, That's how a people get cheapshotted. Iginla in this subpar fight.
When I started watching the NHL, no one wore a helmet. Maybe we should have guys get into fights with a full college hockey cage on. Or maybe a suit of armor. I'm almost tired of the debate. I don't think it's a good idea to drop 'em with the shield on, but I do realize Iginla is one of the top players in the league. My only reply is: then why should he have to go with Boll? You can't have it both ways. Maybe he should let his tough guy fighters handle this part of the game. Part of me admires the toughness that Iginla has being willing to fight after getting cheaped, but then I remember other top players who could handle themselves and they didn't wear a shield. Fight was a draw. Boll seems pretty cheap to me.
If someone is saying Iginla 'usually' takes off his visor before fighting then he needs to take a long hard look back at his fight log and see that he usually doesn't take it off. Should figure out the facts first. In the one Beauchemin fight, it was Beauchemin who pointed to their helmet for them to take them off. Still like Iginla as a player though.
In Iginla's defense, I'm sure the last thing on your mind when you're trying to beat the stuffing out of someone is what you're wearing at the time. Having said that, if it's a planned scrap, such as off a faceoff, and both men have time and space to prepare themselves, then the buckets should come off without a doubt. However, I don't think this was one of those situations; it was more of a "heat of the moment" type of fight.
You know the same d0uche-bags as always are going to whine because "Iginla has a visor on." But in case you haven't noticed, most of the time Iginla tosses his helmet prior to a fight if he has time (and is one of the few in the league who does so, by my own observation).... and in this one, he got nailed from behind in a scrum... and because it WAS a scrum with cheap shots going on, he just grabbed someone. Learn the game.