Seriously, let it rest. You going to bring up Bert in every thread about a player getting injured? I'm sure somewhere Steve Moore is happy you are fervently championing his cause, but in the end you just come off looking like a troll.
And this concludes the Bertuzzi portion of our discussion.
Knowing you're going to have to fight someone won't stop hits like this. It was a terrible decision and a terrible hit. Idiots like White don't stop and think "uh oh, better not or someone is going to punch me." He's not thinking at all.
But players have said time and time again how good it is for morale to see someone sticking up for his teammate after something like that.
And it "helps keep the flies off" as Babcock puts it. Cuts down a cheapshots around the net and in scrums from little weasels who act like toughguys against the Wings because they know they can.
As I said at the time, when Jimmy got run over and bent backwards, at least one Red Wing should've started pounding on the guy or crosschecking the snot out of him. Instead they stood around looking to the ref.
Pounding on a guy in a situation like that isn't just to keep him from doing it again, an all out brawl escalates the situation for the refs. Someone runs Jimmy, a melee ensues. So from an officiating perspective they'll probably be more keyed in to guys running the goalie because they don't want to lose control of the game.
Taking a penalty there is better than having Jimmy get repeatedly run over and injured as you're trying to make the playoffs.
I'd like to bold pretty much this entire post. What I wouldn't give to have a McCarty or a Shanahan on this roster; someone who contributes and runs interference, not just a goon.
*Joe Kocur, please pick up the white courtesy phone. Mr. Joe Kocur.*
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