In what was a pretty interesting game with huge leads and come backs, fights from guys who don't normally fight and teams trying to score on them selves one debatable point has been over looked. Taylor Hall was hip checked cleanly by Marc Giordano, this prompted Colin Fraser to speed over and take on Giordano. The thinking that Hall has to be protected and if you check him or otherwise play him cleanly I will punch you.
What I can't understand is if it is a legal hit and Hall was not injured on the play, why the spaz out? Hall got caught. He was fine because it was a clean check. End of story. Giordano's role is to separate the forward from the puck cleanly, he did that.
What this amounts to is if a player plays inside the rules and an opposing player doesn't like it then the hockey world applauds him for breaking the rules and punching a guy in the face. Then people wonder why this great game is called barbaric south of the border. I would like to reiterate that Hall was not injured nor was there the intent to injure. If Giordano had intended to injure Hall, Hall would have left on a stretcher. If Hall can not protect himself then why is he out there? In addition is a guy with zero points really a guy that gets Gretzky like treatment all of a sudden?
What happened to honor? If Hall felt like he was contacted in a dirty way then why didn't he drop the mitts and take on Giordano? Hall didn't even look angry. He popped right up! Yet Colin Fraser felt he had to rush in there and save him? If you can't play hockey and your only role is to fight opposing players who are playing cleanly you don't deserve the very small amount of ice you get.
"Hey you iced the puck!!", Followed by a punch to the face.
"Hey you backchecked me and made me look bad!", Punch to the face.
Those are two scenarios where no one got injured on clean plays and you could never imagine a fight because of them, yet with Fraser it was being applauded.
To be clear I'm not opposed to fights in hockey. I am opposed to fights that occur simply because two heavyweights are on the ice and that's what they are paid to do. In the above scenario, if Hall had been injured on a dirty check and unable to defend himself like a man then I can see how a team mate would stick up for his guy but when it's clean and no one even got injured? That's just trying to justify your hockey existence.
The refs agree too, giving Fraser an instigater and a 10.