Staged Fights: F
When people want to ban fighting, this is what they point to. Godard and Colton Orr went at it right after the opening draw. And what did it prove? Absolutely nothing. I have no problem with fights that result from the play (like if you go after somebody who took a run at a teammate), but this type of fight just makes the NHL look like WWE on ice.
I see where you are coming from but I will say that 5 minutes without Orr on the ice makes for less time he can mess with Sid.
Exactly, Godard sent a message with the fight to Orr, and Orr didn't mess with Crosby for the rest of the night (except one clean hit).
And how exactly was it "staged"? It didn't seem like they were trying to beat the crap out of each other for just entertainment's sake. The hate between these two goes a long way back, and Godard finally dropped Orr last night after being handled by him in many of their previous fights.
These are the types of fights that I want to see, that players want to get involved in, and that will be in the NHL as long as fighting is not banned.