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Why The Iginla/Phaneuf Fight Was Stopped Before It Started

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

Given the climate within the game that has evolved over the past number of seasons there is heightened awareness and sensitivity to player safety issues. Ongoing studies conducted by both NHL and independent medical experts provide scientific evidence and newfound knowledge that is slowly changing attitudes and redefining acceptable practices and behavior. 

This is being addressed in part, with the addition of new rules relative to protective equipment. Last season visors became mandatory for any player with fewer than 25 games of NHL experience (rule 9.7). In addition, no player is allowed to remove his helmet prior to engaging in a fight. If he does so, a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct will be assessed under rule 46.6. 

You witnessed a continuation of the player safety theme on Tuesday night when Linesmen Scott Driscoll and Greg Devorski demonstrated their good judgment and quick response to intervene in an altercation before it escalated to full-blown fisticuffs. 

more and you can watch the incident below...

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf, jarome+iginla

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Why prevent these 2 from scrapping vs any other players who are ready to engage during game play? Refs have discretion any time? What was main reason?

Posted by rjman48 from Royal Oak on 10/16/14 at 03:24 PM ET

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What was main reason?

Posted by rjman48 from Royal Oak on 10/16/14 at 04:24 PM ET

You would’ve found out if you clicked on the link.

They intervened because there wasn’t a fight yet… Iginla and Phaneuf were merely circling each other. The linesmen stepped into the open space between them because they could do so safely.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 10/16/14 at 05:58 PM ET

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There are plenty of fights that initiate in very similar fashion. .players “circling” before grabbing om..and the refs let them go. I’m just trying to fight out how this scenario is different than others like this.

Posted by rjman48 from Royal Oak on 10/16/14 at 06:15 PM ET

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