5thhorseman wrote:Jovocop wrote:
The Sedins are a lot tougher than what people give them credit for. Just because they don't fight nor push and shove after the whistle, people assume that they have no balls. Every game they take lots of beatings playing along the boards. On the other hand, guys like Cooke and Brown are what I would have called no balls. They are cheapshots artists that never face the challenge.
I don't dispute that the Sedins are tough in a iron-man, playing-through-injury, withstanding-cheapshots, taking-punishment-while-cycling-the-puck-along-the-boards kind of way, but having balls means having the courage to stand up for yourself and others even if it means you might take a beating. Daniel didn't do that, and I can imagine how disheartening it would have been for the entire team to witness that. Add in their guilt for not defending him in the first place. And whether it's right or not, we place Hank in the same bucket and judge him accordingly. In that instance I think it would have been better for Daniel to get into a scrap with Marchand, even losing badly, just to show some fighting spirit and rally the team. I don't subscribe to the theory that your superstars should never need to stand up for themselves. That was fine in the Gretzky era but doesn't apply anymore.
The Sedins are nice people and I don't think fighting is in their blood at all. The problem is not whether they should fight pests like Marchand. The league and the zebras should stop those stupid acts after the whistles. I cannot think of any other major sports allowing these types of antics. As fans, we pay to watch skilled players not pests!