Brouwer pulverized the non-fighter Stralman after the open ice hit on Kane. It looked for a moment that Kane had a torn ACL but the replay showed the knees didn't make contact. Funny that Kane came back and scored in the shootout while Brouwer had the winning goal in the shootout against Garon.
Always makes a good debate if and when it's appropriate to fight after a hard hit...
In this case hit looked clean to me..however, it's one of your star players.
I say why not - otherwise we wouldn't be on this site...would we folks !
Stralman wasn't going for a knee to knee hit. The play developed too quickly to be an intentional knee to knee. In the old days, more often than not, two legit fighters would square off after something like this. There used to be more tough guys on the ice in the old days, or they would have waited a few shifts to start a fight. At minimum, Stralman should have known somebody was coming after the hit and skated like hell or taken cover. His team mates should have read that trouble was coming as well. The toughest Jacket player on the ice should have intercepted Brouwer if possible. As PhillyBra said, star players should be protected like this. Also, Kane is skating into danger. He needs to do a better job of keeping his head up. IMO, the only real scoring droughts Kane has had in career have been after taking big hits.
I was at the game sitting in the lower bowl with the same angle on the hit as Brouwer had. From there it looked like an intentional knee to knee. Without the benefit of a replay, Brouwer went after Stralman for what looked like a dirty hit on the Hawks star. While the hit looks fairly clean in the replay (Stralman does lead with his leg slightly), I still respect TB for standing up for Kane.
Also the video fails to show the beginning of the fight where Brouwer was absolutely destroying Stralman with several strong rights to the face. That may be why the announcers were crying for Stralman, who looked completely lost in the fight.
All in all, good hit, great fight and awesome game.