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Once Emery quickly got the upper hand in this fight and Holtby was incapacitated I would have grabbed/tied up Emery's punching arm and slipped my chest and body in front of the Flyer fighter and skated him backward with my legs driving quickly and forcefully. I would immediately talk with the player to get his mind distracted and his adrenaline under control.

At no time when a player was taking a severe beating would I stand on the sidelines and allow it to happen without intervening, nor would I waive players away from coming to the aid of their teammate that was placed in a position of peril. I would assess the appropriate penalties that resulted from a third-man-in.

-Kerry Fraser of TSN where you can read much more on this topic.

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Down River Dan's avatar

Refreshing to here Fraser say this. Emery, rightfully, is getting much of the blame in this incident, but the referee should be getting much more for his refusal to get in there and break up the fight.

Posted by Down River Dan on 11/04/13 at 05:19 PM ET

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the referee should be getting much more for his refusal to get in there and break up the fight.

I agree, the referee was negligent in this fight. There is no excuse for his inaction.

Posted by timbits on 11/04/13 at 11:15 PM ET

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