“Tuesday Night Fights” might not be around any more, but apparently no one told Tampa Bay’s B.J. Crombeen or Philadelphia’s Zac Rinaldo.
During the Flyers’ 2-1 win over the Lightning Tuesday night, Crombeen and Rinaldo – two known tough guys – engaged in a most brutal display of fisticuffs.
Rinaldo scored the knockout – almost literally – by pummeling Crombeen with hard right hands. The fight, and Rinaldo, are being criticized, as it appeared Crombeen was down while Rinaldo continued to strike him.
Per the AP writeup of the game, Rinaldo denied any wrongdoing.
Fighting’s place in hockey has been disputed over the years, and as concerns over head trauma become more prevalent, the sport is being forced to weigh tradition, player safety, and the fan experience to find a balance that satisfies fans, players and the NHL’s business interests.
Here is the video so you can judge for yourself. Was Rinaldo in the wrong? Should hockey handle fighting differently or ban it altogether?