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Got a question on rule clarification, comments on rule enforcements or some memorable
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Got a question on rule clarification, comments on rule enforcements or some memorable NHL stories? Kerry wants to answer your emails at cmonref@tsn. Nacho Fernandez Spain Jersey .ca. Hi Kerry, In the Bruins vs. Canadiens game in Boston on Saturday, Dale Weise and Gregory Campbell fought towards the end of the first period. As you can see in the video, Campbell changes lines and immediately engages in a fight. Why is this not considered to be an incident similar to John Scotts earlier this season? Thanks for all of the great stories and explanations! Parker A. Boston (but not a Bruins fan!) Parker, This situation was not at all similar to the two-game suspension that John Scott incurred under Rule 70.2. Scott made a legal line change but then skated in the opposite direction of the puck and play in a lengthy pursuit of Anaheim forward Tim Jackman for the purpose of instigating a fight. Jackman was not a willing participant and was quickly knocked to the ice by Scott who had crossed the ice in retaliation against Jackman who had just been released from the penalty box. Conversely, in the Bruins-Canadiens game on Saturday night, Gregory Campbell came onto the ice on a legal line change and extended a verbal invitation to Dale Weise as the Montreal player was passing by in close proximity to the Bruins bench. Weise immediately stopped pursing the puck and instead turned to face Campbell and threw down his stick and gloves in advance of the Boston player. Campbell then dropped his stick and gloves to respond in what can only be deemed at this point to be a mutually agreed upon fight between the two players. There is more to this than meets the eye as I will explain. The intense rivalry that exists between the Bruins and Canadiens dates all the way back to the Original Six team league. Following last seasons 7-game playoff series won by the Habs, the current crop of players doesnt need a history lesson to develop a dislike that borders on hatred for one another. They arent ready to shake hands and let bygones-be-bygones but instead prefer to come out hitting hard and fighting. Campbell is a great team guy and so is Dale Weise. Some might think that Campbell has taken it upon himself to step in this season on behalf of his teammate Milan Lucic to settle a score with Weise that almost boiled over in the handshake line following Game 7. Weise was listed as a healthy scratch in the first meeting this season between the two teams on October 16. Lucic is not the type of player that needs or would want anyone to fight his battles but I wouldnt discount the fact that other Bruins players might like a piece of Weise as well. This particular altercation between Campbell and Weise on Saturday night however was a carryover from their previous meeting on November 13 which Montreal won by a score of 5-1. From that game, Campbell had a score of his own to settle with Weise following a skirmish they had just 2:52 after the opening puck drop. In that game, Campbell had dumped the puck into the Habs zone from just outside the blue line and near the side boards. Weise finished a legal check just off the back portion of Campbells shoulder cap that caused the Bruins player to fall awkwardly into the boards. After getting back on his feet, Campbell skated toward Weise near the inside hash marks of the end zone face-off circle. Weise viewed this as an immediate threat and fired off his gloves and dropped Campbell with a solid right before the Bruins player had a chance to engage. Weise then landed a couple of more punches on the helmet of Campbell as the linesmen quickly separated the two players and before Campbell could even throw a punch. Campbell was certainly caught by surprise through the quick action demonstrated by Weise and appeared to express his dismay to Weise in the penalty box at the lack of usual fighter protocol or code normally extended prior to what should have been a mutually agreed upon fight. There didnt appear to be an opportunity to settle the score during the balance of that game on November 13. On Saturday night, fighter protocol was followed to the letter. A verbal invitation was extended by Campbell to Weise. Weise had the option to continue pursuing the puck and decline the invitation. Instead, the Montreal forward did the honorable thing when he accepted Campbells offering by stopping, turning and throwing down his stick and gloves first. As a result, Campbell was exonerated of being deemed the instigator of the fight and relieved of any supplementary discipline under Rule 70.2. There was considerable separation between the two combatants as they measured one another prior to engaging. One player didnt jump the other and neither player was caught off guard. In many respects, this mutually agreed upon fight between Campbell and Weise was very different than the attack John Scott launched following his legal line change against Tim Jackman. I hope that is how you now regard it as well, Parker. Lucas Vazquez Spain Jersey .com) - The Los Angeles Dodgers made it official Tuesday and signed pitcher Brandon McCarthy to a four-year contract. Sergio Ramos Jersey .ca has you covered for whos in, whos out and what to expect from all 30 teams. http://www.soccerspainauthority.com/saul...in-jersey/ . And former Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson certainly knows his pain. 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