Originally Posted by stevecanuck16
I thought this, too. Rome made pretty careful not to take an instigator, given that Keith Ballard
went out with an injury early and we were down to 5 D.
I love what Aaron Rome
did here. Stepped up a class to stand up for his captain. And for those saying that a heavyweight would have helped here...how, exactly? This was a hit on Henrik Sedin. Do you really think a heavyweight would have been out there? And if anyone thinks a heavy on the bench would've made Chris Neil
think twice about taking a run, you don't know Chris Neil
Things like this require immediate responses, and for that you need true camaraderie. That's why its great to see a non-fighter in Rome not think twice about going after a noted pugilist in Chris Neil
. That's the true definition of "team toughness."
If I have one gripe, though, its that Aaron Rome
didn't really make Neil pay enough. Now, obviously that's difficult to do when fighting someone much more experienced than yourself, but I still feel he should've at least tried to slam him down or give him a couple shots on the ground. Sounds chintzy, but in this situation there has to be some level of retribution and message sending, no matter what. Stepping up to fight is great, but when your captain takes a hit like that, more of a response is necessary.
What more to say, really? Safe to say we all can appreciate what Aaron Rome
did, here. Pretty much the only guy, on the ice at the time, that could have taken on a Neil. Don't know if there is much more Rome could have done to Neil at the time. As for the instigator penalty (2+ the 10), you can make an argument for both sides. If you look closely, Neil actually drops his gloves first, with Rome's still on and kept on until Neil grabbed on. Rome definitely got in there and made it seem as if something was going to happen, but again, did not drop his mitts until Neil did. Hard call, but good reasoning for Rome. Wish the fight was better...