I don't think it was a dirty hit, but it would make me feel better if we had someone stand up for our guys. Like how Hoggan did when Farnham ran Ouellet. It's camaraderie when you know people have your back. It might not prevent injuries or people running our guys, but it makes me feel better. I don't even like watching the fights most of the time, I'm nervous as hell for the guys. Even the other guy, most of the time.
It does infuriate the hell out of me when stuff like this happens and our guys are just standing around.
You cannot underestimate the camaraderie, and team bonding when a teammate steps up, and goes after an opponent when a questionable hit is delivered.
It was some time ago, but I recall Shanahan saying something along the lines of - 'I'd rather stand up for a teammate, and potentially take an additional 2 min instigator with the idea that my teammates will kill off the ensuing pp rather than to stand around, and do nothing'.
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