In response to Fletcher1's comment:
Why not kick him with the skate blade then NAS? Sandog is right, it's not a street fight out there. It can't be.
Because that would be assault with a deadly weapon as opposed to a fist fight.
For all of those who are harping on "the code", I wonder if you've ever been in a fight. Not a play fight with the fake punches, but a full blown Hulk eyes angry fight. Anger causes many things to happen. Lots of common and acceptable thought processes are thrown out the window. Some fights aren't calculated, methodical exchanges. Some fights are pure madness.
And those are the types of fights I like to see in hockey. Ones borne from anger, not skating clowns earning their paycheck or Torres vs. Mayers stupidity.
Well, if the fight needs to be so "real" why don't guys use everything at their disposal to win? If I was in a street fight behind a bar, I'd use whatever I had.
Hockey is different. I totally agree on the preference to actual fights that result from real anger and emotion, as opposed to staged ones where the goons hug each other afterwards. But there has to be limits on the violence within a hockey game, or guys would choke, kick, bite*, double-team, or whatever. Why not choke a guy out? I've been mad enough. And since you ask, yes, I've been in hockey fights.
I think that you stop driving punches into a guy who's down and injured for the same reason you don't have a teammate hold his arms back while you hit him. We can quibble over where the line of decency should be, but clearly there is one. Maybe it's murky and maybe some of us disagree about it, but everyone should acknowledge that a line exists, no matter how mad you are. In my opinion Rinaldo took it too far by continuing to drive punches into a clearly injured opponent.
Anyone see Talbot stop fighting with Callahan the other night and call for the trainer after Callahan's shoulder injury? That looked like a real fight to me, and Talbot could've destroyed him while he went down to the ice.
*I know, Burrows...scum.