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Why I am against automatically "standing up for teammates" no matter what the circumstance

Now first this is for the kind of hit like the one tonight in SJ. Ones that are a penalty but not something like a sucker punch or slew foot or anything like that but just a charge that the ref sees and is going to call. If we let the ref do his job we go on the PP, one that had already scored that night, down one with a chance to tie the game. Instead we are playing 4 on 4 with our best player in the box. The Caps give up a goal on the 4 on 4 and instead of a possible tie game we are down 2 and pretty much done for the night. To me all that does is encourage guys like Brad Winchester to take runs at guys. If you are SJ you take Brad Winchester for Ovechkin every time all the time. Not only that but I have been watching hockey all my life and I have never seen a guy like Brad Winchester stop taking runs at guys because someone jumped him after. Does anyone think that Matt Cooke or Steve Ott has stopped taking runs at guys because someone fought them? I don't think so. I have always been a guy who says "beat them on the scoreboard." Now if we were losing by 4 and the game was over fine show teams you won't let guys roll over you then yes go get them, but in a game like tonight when the ref had the call all you are doing is hurting the team. It is just like fighting, you don't fight when your team has all of the momentum and allow their team to get some of it back, you don't retaliate for a hit when you need the PP to try to win the game.

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