Someone could get hurt

DEREK VAN DIEST

, Last Updated: 10:01 AM ET

Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish agrees with Colin Campbell.

"He was bang on," said MacTavish of Campbell's comments about questioning fighting in hockey. "A guy in his position has to ask the question. I know we were all watching it live and it was a pretty ugly situation. It left a knot in all of our stomachs just watching it."

Todd Fedoruk had to be carried off the ice on a stretcher after taking a punch in the face from New York Rangers winger Colton Orr in a first-period fight.

It's the second time this season Fedoruk, a Redwater native, has been injured in a fight.

Earlier this year Fedoruk missed 18 games and needed major facial surgery after a fight with Minnesota Wild forward Derek Boogaard.

"I said all along that somebody is going to get really seriously hurt, just because of the power level that some of these guys have right now," MacTavish said. "I think it's definitely time to ask the question and start to gather some information in terms of the elimination of fighting.

"Fedoruk is a local kid and that adds to the element as well. He's had two of those and when's enough enough?"

Eliminating fighting in the NHL has always been and still is a tough sell. Especially since many players believe stick-related incidents would increase if fighting were eliminated.

"I think fighting still belongs in the NHL," said Colorado Avalanche forward Ian Laperriere, who has 15 fighting majors this season - fourth in the NHL. "You see an accident like that, we've seen it in the past. You don't want to see anybody get injured, but I don't see an NHL without fighting."


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