Blackhawks-Canucks: Why Vancouver's Kevin Bieksa Should Be Suspended [video]

Here is how the NHL rules outline the Instigator Rule:

"46.12 Instigator in Final Five Minutes of Regulation Time (or Anytime in Overtime)- A player who is deemed to be the instigator of an altercation in the final five (5) minutes of regulation time or at any time in overtime shall be assessed an instigator minor penalty, a major penalty for fighting, and a game misconduct penalty, subject to thye conditions outlined in 46.22"

If Colin Campbell is going to stick to the letter of the law with regard to Raffi Torres' hit on Brent Seabrook, then Kevin Bieksa shouldn't be on the ice for Game Five. It doesn't get much more obvious than this one.

Look at the clock. It reads 3:40 when the punches start flying. By any second grade education's standards, 3:40 is less than 5:00 on a clock.

Watch Bieksa pursue Stalberg after a clean, unpenalized hit by Stalberg. Note that John Scott and Torres had already been excused from the game, so Bieksa could feel free to take swings at Hawks players at this point.

Who throws the first punch, or "instigates" the fight? It's Bieksa.

Clear case.


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  • Sorry author, please learn the game of hockey before you write bias articles. When a little guy feels he is untouchable because of the score, and therefore starts hitting with jumping elbows (contrary to your "clean" classification) followed by a slash and trip on a player well away from the play, he is wanting a fight. Anyone who played hockey at a reasonable level understands that the actions done by Stalberg is CLEAR indication that he is going to get into a fight. Bieksa nearly fought a player who got in way over his head trying to hurt players much larger than him. So really, Stalberg instigated the altercation, and bieksa finished it. If this was Burrows jumping with a high elbow at Keith, then slashing stalberg and tripping him as he skates away, I would fully expect Keith to beat him silly. Stalberg will learn his lesson not to put himself in danger by trying to attack people that can significantly hurt him. You should stop crying for suspensions and let the men play hockey.

  • In reply to ilovebias:

    If you fully expect a classy player like Duncan Keith to make a stupid, illegal play like good-for-nothing-punk Bieksa did last night, you know less about Keith's personality than you do about rules in the National Hockey League and should be ashamed of yourself for commenting.

    But, on the brighterside, your ignorance made be chuckle out loud... so you've got that going for you, which is nice

  • In reply to ilovebias:

    Bieksa a good-for-nothing-punk? Sounds more like you buddy.Thanks for giving me a "chuckle out loud" at your comeback - so classy of you and I'm sure you've made Duncan Keith proud. NOT!

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