KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- So I've been up in Michigan for about 24 hours -- I went to the Red Wings' 4-1 victory over Dallas on Tuesday -- and there's been an interesting discussion going on up here.
At the opening faceoff, Jordin Tootoo dropped the gloves to fight. (It was the second time this season that there was a seemingly scripted fight at the outset of a Wings game.) And Tootoo dropped the gloves again later.
The discussion is this, though: Is a planned fight appropriate?
It's important to note that the Red Wings have had the fewest fighting majors in the NHL during the last decade or so. So they're not used to having an enforcer around here.
But the talk radio, and the fans up here, seem mostly enraged at the prospect of fighting like this. They feel the best way to pump up the team is to forecheck hard and score often.
Personally, I don't mind the staged fight. It gets the fans into it. It fires up the team. I don't seem the downside.
Plus, there seem to be folks that think the NHL offices are encouraging this to get the fans re-invigorated after the lockout.
Again, what's the downside?
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