In response to Bookboy007's comment:
Okay, because I hate watching ballroom dancing where things just keep going around in circles -
We're confusing two scenarios. Scenario 1 is Lucic v. Weaver. That is, one of the Bruins's top players initiates a fight with a player on the other team regardless of who that player is to his squad. We had the bulk of this conversation about whether Lucic's retaliation on Weaver was dumb or not. I think concensus (including his coach) was that it was warranted and part of Lucic being a force. The same would be true if Zach Smith slashes Horton across the achilles and Horton turns around and fights him. Bruin player reacting on emotion gets into a fight that hopefully keeps the opposition honest even if it means Horton is off the ice for 5 minutes. Assume Bruins roll four lines for that 5 minutes and each shift is 40 seconds - 300min/40 = 7.5 shifts/4 lines = Horton misses two shifts. If you're not willing to support this, then you probably also don't want players blocking shots because they might miss a couple of shifts walking it off in the tunnel.
Scenario 2 is Lucic v. Laracque. Remember Laracque chasing Lucic all over the ice trying to goad him into a fight and Lucic telling him flat out: I'm under coach's orders not to fight you. That's the scenario where you don't want your top guys fighting Neil or Dziurzynski or Smith just because they come calling with a facewash and a nasty comment about Horton's wife. It's a calculated provocation and strategically, it's what the opposition is trying to goad you into doing. So...don't do that. But if they escalate to attempts to injure - injure them with rights to the face.
Incidentally, I support Lucic fighting Neil ever game, all game. He routinely opens that guy up like a can of tomato soup. Love it.
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