Fighting should always be a part of hockey. From the early days of the game, players have dropped the gloves to settle scores or send messages that the refs or rules couldn't. Fights can change momentum. Fights can inspire hope. However, as the NHL has become more a league built on skill and speed than pugnacity and truculence (Brian Burke, did you get that?), it seems that players have become confused as to what actions are "drop the gloves worthy," and what aren't. Case in point: Last night, a little more than five minutes into the third period, the visiting Vancouver Canucks were down by a goal to the Chicago Blackhawks. Vancouver defenseman Willie Mitchell came out of the penalty box after serving a two-minute hooking penalty. He spots Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews busting up the ...
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