Oskar Osala had only his second fight of the year last night, the first being in preseason. It’s been a jolly good long while since he’s thrown any punches, then, and although it’s obviously only the Penguins that get him mad enough to go, (Stone, now Engelland) I object to the way this fight went.
I fully admit to being a bigger fan of Osala’s than Engelland’s, but I think that Oskar got a semi-unfair beating there. It looks like he initiated the fight, and for the beginning few blows he was holding his own, but when the jersey gets over his head, why didn’t the refs step in and say “Okay, okay, enough?” It was tied down. That jersey wasn’t coming off over Oskar’s head, and he wasn’t going to be able to get free again nicely without Engelland letting go of him and essentially giving up the fight, which WBSland would all but disown him for doing.
The NHL and AHL rules take my side:
47.2 Aggressor – The aggressor in an altercation shall be the player (or goalkeeper) who continues to throw punches in an attempt to inflict punishment on his opponent who is in a defenseless position or who is an unwilling combatant.
A player (or goalkeeper) must be deemed the aggressor when he has clearly won the fight but he continues throwing and landing punches in a further attempt to inflict punishment and/or injury on his opponent who is no longer in a position to defend himself.
A player or goalkeeper who is deemed to be the aggressor of an altercation shall be assessed a major penalty for fighting and a game misconduct.
Why didn’t Engelland back off? Why didn’t the refs get involved? I’m not going to go shouting that he should have gotten the game misconduct or even the aggressor penalty because of it, but the rules clearly indicate that when one person gets into a position where he’s no longer able to really defend himself, that’s when the fight is over. Obviously, although Big O gamely kept trying to throw punches, he was pretty in that defenseless position.
When it comes down to it, zebras, that was some unhelpful skating in circles you did as you watched him get his clock cleaned.