Maybe it's not an age or a generational thing. The more I know and learn, it just becomes harder for me to be entertained by naked violence.
If Lemieux turned out like Moore, would you still feel the same way? It doesn't matter why McCarty did it. Bert was doing it to stick up for naslund. It shouldn't be allowed because you run the unnecessary risk of severely injuring someone. Although I don't support fighting, it would have been far better to pummel Lemieux face to face, when he's consenting. Not some blindside punch he wasn't expecting. If Lemieux doesn't want to fight, put him into the boards, hard, every chance you get. Also, you could just win. How much does mccarty's fight mean if we ended up losing to the Av's in the playoffs?
McCarty to this day insists Lemiuex knew he coming and that no blindsiding was involved. Take that how you will.
And it still would have meant the world even had things not turned out the same. It wasn't the hit so much (that was bad enough) as Claude's attitude afterward, He deserved a beatdown, period.
I'm not a proponent of stupid penalties and mindless violence, but I am a huge supporter of sticking up for your team and not letting guys like Cowen get away with manhandling anybody, let alone Pavel. I believe in dual-purpose players - those that can contribute effectively and maintain order and mete out justice, which is what true old time hockey was all about.