Chara was skating and staying in the play when the Buffalo player took a slight whack at the back of Chara's ankle. That is when Chara turned around and went after him. Watch it on youtube and tell me you guys would not be throwing a fit if any one of our Wings got suspended for that incident. In my opinion, nothing about that incident warrants a suspension.
Chara did what people are supposed to do when they get hit with a stick, hit back, not wait to be hit with a stick again. This rule applies in grade school, in bars, on the ice or in a church. Do not allow opther people to hit you with sticks.
Anyone who was paying attention when the last five minute instigator suspension rule came to be would know that it was not intended to - and was stated time and time again that it would not apply to players who did not make a living out of beating people up. The league wants guys like Chara and Malkin mixing it up, that sort of display of emotion is great for the game. Chris Simon jumping someone with 20 seconds to go when his team is down 6-1 is not good for the game and needs to be detered and punished.
I would very much like to see the instigator rule ammended - Chara did not deserve the extra penalty, Gausted did. IMO, any time a fight follows a slash, boarding, crosschecking or post-whistle contact (like facewashing), the player who innitoiates the first contact should get the instigator. The league should not penalize players for kicking the s*** out of players who deserve to get the s*** kicked out of them. Play a polite, respectful game inside the rules, skate quietly to the bench when the whistle blows and you'll be fine. Act like an ******* and you'll get a penalty and get beat-up. That's how it should be.