Did Dubinsky break an unwritten rule of fighting?


I have to admit I was amused to see the New York Rangers’ Brandon
Dubinsky thoroughly beat down Mike Richards of the Flyers yesterday. It
was obviously an emotionally-fueled fight and it was painfully obvious
that Dubinsky won the fight. I also didn’t see anything out of the
ordinary with it.

Well, perhaps there was some extra stuff
involved and Travis Hughes of Broad Street Hockey isn’t happy about it.

But there’s a point in the fight where Richards goes to throw a punch
in return and never makes it. Instead, he falls to his knees and the
linesmen jump in to stop the proceedings. From this point, when Richards
is down and the fight is over, Dubinsky chooses to let his fists fly
toward the defenseless Richards.

Even if the Flyers captain wanted to return fire, ignoring
the fact that his jersey was over his head, he was unable to because he
was in the clutches of the officials. Yet there Dubinsky continued to
pound away. One, two, three.

You can see video of the hit, here. It’s true that Dubinsky did throw
a few more punches, even after Richards was down. But is that all that
out of the ordinary? I’ve seen fights end like that plenty of times,
especially when there are emotions involved. It’s not exactly normal for
it happen, but it happens. Except maybe not for Flyers players. They
live by the letter of the ‘law’, according to Travis:

This stuff doesn’t happen too often against the Flyers, but one thing
you’ll notice is that the Flyers are never, ever guilty of this crime.
Not any time recently, at least. In fact, I’d urge anybody to go through
the archives and find one fight this year where a Flyers player
continued to throw punches at an opponent while that opponent was down.

I searched the full archive of the Flyers two most prolific fighters,
Ian Laperriere and Carcillo, and one theme was
evident throughout. That theme: a healthy dose of respect.

there’s one thing the Flyers are known for, it’s showing respect for
their opponents, right?

It’s tough to really argue with him,
considering the multitude of video evidence he puts on the table. What
do you think? Did Dubinsky break a rule here?

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?