I’m working on a View From the Roost post, but first I thought we should talk about the fights last night. We’ll skip Craig Rivet just like Lindy did last night. Here’s Adam Mair and Milan Lucic:
First of all, Jack Edwards and friend need to can it. Anyone who doesn’t realize there’s a double standard for Lucic-like players by now simply isn’t paying enough attention to the game. We see it with hits on Kaleta, Rangers fans see it with Sean Avery, and every other team in the league has one guy who is treated the same way. Lucic wasn’t getting the call, and he did what you’re supposed to do: stand up and defend yourself.
That being said, a ton of credit should go to Adam Mair for fighting in the first place. Die By the Blade mentioned it earlier, but Mair was playing with a broken nose and he went right after Lucic once the gloves dropped. Not backing down in that situation is tough, but Mair played his role well and paid the price for it. Say what you will about his effort on other nights, but he did it right last night.
That being said, Chara did it wrong. He challenged Paul Gaustad throughout the game (according to Gaustad, that is) and when the time came to go he stood there like a neanderthal. Chara was the one that started things between them, going after Gaustad in the first period when he layed a big hit on the first shift. I know the excuse: Chara’s a big part of Boston’s defense and missing five minutes is a big sacrifice. Still, it’s a joke that Goose gets two, Lucic gets nothing for jumping in, and Chara stands there pretending he didn’t provoke this in any way.
It’s hard for someone standing 6’9″ to turtle, but last night he did.