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Zawaski: NHL’s Instigator Rule Hurting The Game

Chicago Blackhawks' John Scott right, fights with St. Louis Blues' Cam Janssen in the first period of a NHL hockey game in Chicago, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Chicago Blackhawks’ John Scott right, fights with St. Louis Blues’ Cam Janssen in the first period of a NHL hockey game in Chicago, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

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By Jay Zawaski-

First, it was Steve Montador.

When Jared Boll left his feet to deliver a check on Andrew Brunette last night, Montador answered what was a borderline illegal hit as almost any NHL teammate worth his salt would have — he dropped the gloves.

Then, it was Jamal Mayers. Boll AGAIN left his feet and this time raised his stick in delivering a check to Nik Hjalmarsson. Mayers responded as Montador did, and Boll engaged him.

Both fights were pretty uneventful, and the combatants went to the box, just as they had throughout the history of the game.

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