2011 NHL Draft
 
  • PRINT
  • RSS

Rapid Fire: Reasons For Fighting

Tuesday, 03.20.2012 / 2:31 PM ET / Rapid Fire
By Bill Lindsay  - FloridaPanthers.com
X
Share with your Friends


Rapid Fire: Reasons For Fighting
Welcome to Rapid Fire. Panthers broadcasters Steve Goldstein and Bill Lindsay will hit five different thoughts on a daily rotating basis. It's up to them as far as what topics they want to talk about as teams, and more specifically the Panthers, make a push towards the playoffs and the Stanley Cup.


Bill Lindsay discusses his five reasons for fighting.

With the NY Rangers/New Jersey Devils game played last night in which there were three fights, six fighting majors assessed and 40 minutes in penalties all within the first three seconds of the game we take a look at why fighting should always be a part of the NHL.

1. Police Themselves: Players are allowed to police themselves and protect the star players on the team. Without fighting the stars are open season. You can do what you want when you want to the big time players. As it is now, you take a shot at a star and you must be willing to pay a price.

2. Repercussions: It prevents players from running around and doing what they want on the ice. Without fighting a 5'8" player could skate around slash/hit and run his mouth without any fear of any repercussion. 

3. Become More Violent: The game could become even more violent without fighting. Take the ninja game from last night with all the bad blood. They have a big fight on the opening face-off and the issue is resolved. Without fighting players would be looking all game for dirty and cheap ways for retaliation.

4. Brings Excitement: I have never seen anybody sit down during a fight. Say what you want but the fans seem to love a good tilt.

5. A Part Of History: It is a part of the NHL and always has been. That's the way it is and always has been. To play in this league you have to be tough; bottom line. It is the best league in the world.

Author: Bill Lindsay | FloridaPanthers.com

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
FloridaPanthers.com is the official Web site of the Florida Panthers. Florida Panthers and floridapanthers.com are trademarks of the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks and NHL Draft name and logo are trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2016 Florida Panthers Hockey Club, Ltd and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.