When Boogaard checks you into the boards you know it. Kesler well knows it now. As for Hordichuk, what was he to do other than to come to the defense of his teammate. I don't think he wanted to give Boogaard the opportunity to stand back and throw punches from long range.
Two issues here, Vancouver has no one to fight, so jumping Boogaard is there only chance. I said last week that every team takes liberties with us, because we don't have a heavyweight. The other issue is Boogaard will hurt someone eventually . Least skilled enforcer in the league and hits all the smallest players legal or not. Overrated as well. Goddard killed him twice last year and someone else did as well. As for Kesler, well despite being a Vancouver fan, he usually gets what he deserves, but we still love him.
hit was a bit questionable, only because kesler seemed to be more leaned forward than upright. anyways, one gigantic throw to the ice and then an 'oh god oh god oh god oh god oh god' do what you have to do to stay alive at that point. agreed, hordichuk indeed lucky a fight never ensued, you could tell that boogaard was a tiny bit annoyed by the from-behind takedown. hordichuk's lucky his head is still attached to his neck. draw.
I'm neutral here, don't care for either team or either fighter, but the hit was NOT dirty. Hordy did what he is supposed to do, Boogy did was he is supposed to do. No problems here except the fight was lame. If you called it anything other than a draw you are a homer that is just screwing up the voting on this site.