First off, love hockeyfights.com. I’ve probably watched over a million fights throughout the years so shoutout to the guys who run that site.
Now lets get into this. The player who drills the goalie is a scumbag, plain and simple. HOWEVER, he knew what he was getting himself into and was the first to drop the gloves which does garner a little respect. If you’re going to act like a little shit you better be ready to back it up and him knowing he was about to be in a 2 on 1 handicap match at the royal rumble speaks volumes about his character. I’ve always been an anything goes until the ref comes in kinda guy. As soon as the ref comes in you cut the shit and its over. It looked like this was going to be the case but Mr. Hardo linesman decided to get tough and start throwing his weight around a little bit. The guy he “punched” 110% overreacted to make it look worse and I would’ve done the same thing- fuck that guy. You gotta milk that for what its worth and I would’ve laid on the ice until a stretcher came out so that linesman never would ref another game again. The true hero here is the trainer. That guy gives zero fucks and is as loyal as they come. He’s definitely going to be suspended and/ or banned but I’m all for a member of the coaching staff getting in one after a ref tries to be the man. Somebody better by that guy some Budweisers and a pack of Marlboros. He’s earned them.