This is what’s wrong with the NHL right now. (among other things) I’m watching the Leaf game and 19 year old Matt Stajan gets completely crushed by a hit (fair hit, by the way) The kid was absolutely pasted. Domi immediately jumps in and drops the gloves with the guy and they have a pretty good little fight. That SHOULD have been the end of it. But rather than both players getting 5 minute fighting majors, Domi also gets 2 minutes for instigating and a 10 minute misconduct.
It’s just not right. Gretzky was great for so many years because everyone in the league knew that if they took exception to him, Marty McSorley was gonna kick your ass. That’s how it was with every team’s stars and rookies. There’s nothing wrong with standing up for your players. It’s a tough game.
That damn kid would have been run all night if Domi hadn’t stepped to the plate on his behalf? Now he’s being left alone but Domi got way more than he deserved.
On a side note: After the fight Stajan went over to Domi as he skated to the box and tapped his shin pads with his stick and thanked him for helpin’ him out. It’s a respect thing. The guy’s making the rules don’t seem to see that. The way things are now, goons with no skill are free to run over “real” players with no fear of retribution because they know if someone tries to do something about it, they’ll do big time in the box.
That’s it for tonight. Be Safe Kids.