have most of the people here played the game? When I played and a teammate got wailed on like that, I went after the guy who laid the hit, clean or not, someone destroys a teammate and leaves them laying on the ice, there needs ot be someone that will step up and address the situation. That his and the subsequent fight was acceptable, there have been a number of hits this year, not as big, not even close where the "hit-ee" was on his feet before the "hit-er" was 2 strides away that have lead to fights, not acceptable, in this case good on Sutherby for stepping up like that and picking up the W
I'm glad Sutherby got in there - especially after that reckless pass he had just made. I know he didn't mean to turn Parish into a sitting duck like that, but after watching the replay I'm really not sure why Sutherby made the pass. He had time, space and no one had a good angle on him; plus McKee was sitting there licking his chops. Sutherby looked like a never-ever beer league player who is afraid to touch the puck. The least he could do is try to make up for it by dropping the gloves.
Flyersfan4life2 - That isn't what a good teammate does. If that's the case, then clean bodychecks will be taken out of the game. That would be worse than fighting being banned; it would become basketball on ice. Great open ice body checks are the best thing about hockey.
ibled4theusa - So in your mind, there is no difference between a clean hit and cheap runs? They both need to lead to beat downs? By this logic, the NHL should ban clean checks as well as dirty hits. There are leagues that don't allow both. They are called squirt leagues.
slight edge to sutherby, the general managers, and the stooge commishiner should pull their collective heads out of their asses, unless they want to lose half their fan base with all this talk about banning fighting.
Sutherby wins the fight easily, but a great open ice check by McKee. Still don't understand why players always feel the need to start a fight on hard clean checks. You want pay back? Throw a big check of your own....
A CLEAN HIT???? Are those homer St. Louis commentators completely retarded?? McKee left his feet and took a classless run at a clean veteran player. Mark Parrish. Then McKee just hangs on when Sutherby comes knocking. Then Sutherby gets an instigator for sticking up for his teammate. Another perfect example of what's wrong with the NHL. What has happened to the game we all used to love?? Thank you again Gary!!!!!!
The league is the reason that Sutherby got an instigator penalty. You're going to start seeing more and more of that. The NHL is OK with fights in general but it is starting to penalize players who come in to protect (or respond) to hits like that. It sucks. It's paranoia stemming from the minor leaguer who died earlier this season.