Fred wrote:So if Henrik had stayed down........? now we're heading towards soccer on skates
I thought that we were already there...
This shit is going to happen when the refs and the league don't take care of the players. If I guy makes a suspension-worthy move and doesn't get punished, the offended team might need to resort to 'embellishing' to even things up. Ugly? Yes.
We're seeing more fights per game in the playoffs this year than the regular season. We're watching Crosby play silly games like pushing a guy's glove away. We're seeing Kesler do his 'shower the goalie'™ move almost every game. The respect is gone towards the players, the refs and the league.
My guess is that we're going to see a knee jerk reaction from the league and see everything called for a while. Just a guess, but with all of the bad PR over the weekend, something's going to give. The NHL does not trust the refs (maybe rightly so) to make the correct judgement call, so maybe we'll see a crackdown starting tonight?
Whatever - the league is losing respect each day. If they didn't fix anything after Bertuzzi was on Oprah, then they aren't going to fix it. Fans love violence, so let the lions out on the ice and give the players swords. It's only logical progression.