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We're not sure exactly why this happened -- the Isles and Lightning aren't hardened rivals -- but today's game at the Coliseum opened with a pair of fights off the opening face off. Matt Martin fought B.J. Crombeen and Joe Finley fought Pierre-Cedric Labrie. For your viewing pleasure, per Keith Quinn:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dN0oyNqV6IM

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On Sunday afternoon, the Sound Tigers had a fight-filled game in Providence against the Bruins that included 10 fighting majors (even one from Ty Wishart) and 98 total penalty minutes between the two teams. The best fight in my opinion was Bridgeport's Brett Gallant against Lane McDermid in the second period.

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You can check out all the fights from the weekend here.

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Last night John Tortorella was shown screaming in the direction of Devils coach Pete DeBoer for the lineup that he started which included Ryan Carter, Cam Janssen and Eric Boulton.

http://youtu.be/otm6n1zHsew?t=4m25s

Brandon Dubinsky told the NY Times, ?I think they were trying to send a message. I think we answered the message.?

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According to NBC Sports Network, there have been six games in the NHL that have had fights in the first five minutes and three of them have been Rangers and Devils.

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In the NY Times, Jeff Z. Klein writes that while people may think that teams that fight tend to do better in the standings, statistics show that the opposite is true.

Since 1979-80, teams that finished among the bottom three in fighting majors have wound up atop the regular-season standings 10 times and won the Stanley Cup 11 times.

In contrast, pugnacious teams that finished among the top three in fighting majors wound up with only two regular-season titles and two Stanley Cups.Fighting is not as big as it used to be according to USA Today.

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In the Daily News, Brandon Prust says that fighting needs to stay in the game because without it many more players would get hurt:

?You?d have people running around, going after top players. There have to be consequences for going after a Gaborik or a Richards.?
Prust goes on to say, "when you fight, you?re standing up for a teammate. You look a guy in the eye, ask him if he wants to go, he says he wants to go, and you fight. Elbowing someone in the head is cowardly.?

In the NY Times, Jeff Z. Klein spoke with different medical officials about fighting in hockey.

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Update: 11:15AM: Gary Bettman said on WFAN yesterday that he doesn't know of anyone who wants to get rid of fighting in the game.

Original Post: In the Calgary Sun, Eric Francis says that among GM's in the NHL, there is no interest in a full on ban of fighting.

Detroit GM Ken Holland says that even with all of the issues with concussions and injuries, everyone is still in favor of fighting having a place in the game:

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Get rid of the staged fights.
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In the Toronto Globe and Mail they have an editorial that says that the role of the enforcer should be retired after the deaths of Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak this summer.

Even if fighting in hockey is permitted to continue ? in the heat of the moment ? the designated fighter?s time should now be done. One way to do that, as The Globe?s Roy MacGregor has proposed, is to reduce the size of the roster by one or two players. It would then be a luxury to carry a player who, like Mr. Belak, gets just 33 points in 14 seasons. And the league should create a protocol that a doctor examine every player after a fight ? skates off, in the dressing room, for balance, co-ordination, memory and cognition.
Researchers at Boston University are studying Derek Boogaard's brain.

More on this from Reuters, the AP, NY Times, SI, CBC and Yahoo.

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At the Boston Globe, Fluto Shinzawa writes about the issue of fighting in junior hockey.

He speaks with Dr. Robert Cantu, the co-director of Boston University?s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, who says that boys' necks are weaker than adult necks and their brains have less insulation.

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The Rangers, according to Hockey Fights.com, ranked sixth in the NHL in fights last season with 62.

St. Louis led the league with 78.

Brandon Prust led the Rangers with 18 fights, Sean Avery had 12, Derek Boogaard 7, Michael Sauer 7, Brian Boyle, 4 , Brandon Dubinsky 4, Kris Newbury 3, Dale Weise 3, Ryan Callahan 2, Ruslan Fedotenko 1 and Dan Girardi 1.

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...Wow. Just wow. It was one thing to follow what was happening on twitter, it was another to see Brent Johnson fight a skater.

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http://youtu.be/Y5sdOh7Bcvs

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http://youtu.be/QvaszRO1KuQ

?I think we have a mutual respect for each other. We?ve met and hung out and talked a couple of times throughout the years and I really respect the way he plays and how hard he is and obviously the skill level he has.

via Carp at Rangers Report

...That isn't what he says about Sidney Crosby. I love how Ovechkin plays. Sure, I don't like that he hits Girardi, but the guy is such a gamer and cares about winning and brings it every night. He plays a style that gets you not to like him, running over people, hitting, shooting, scoring, but he doesn't deserve to be cheered when he gets injured during the game. No player does, at least to me. Surely other have their own opinions on the matter, but I don't think you should cheer when that happens.

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via the Star Tribune

If anyone has read the article from Mens Journal and can send in some bullet points or a summary, that would be greatly appreciated.Update: 12:38PM:

[tweeted]http://twitter.com/Nessier24/status/13286115511373824[/tweeted]

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http://youtu.be/w68fToXCqFw

...I want to know what Mike Comrie said to Callahan to get that fight going.

Update: 8:26AM:

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....I thought and said to a friend that they were going to have to stop the fight because I thought Boogaard was going to kill him.

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...This didn't exactly live up to the hype for me

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...In honor of Dan Cloutier's new job and a slow Saturday, here's a great shot of him pounding Tommy Salo into the ice in the aforementioned '98 fight. And here's another video that's a bit higher quality and longer. Man, that's a helluva young-looking Zdeno Chara.

Photo via hockeygoalies.org.

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