Senators believe fighting belongs in NHL

Senators' Matt Kassian (right) fights Leafs' Frazer McLaren during a game last season. (Darren...

Senators' Matt Kassian (right) fights Leafs' Frazer McLaren during a game last season. (Darren Brown/QMI Agency/Files)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:52 PM ET

OTTAWA - Anybody wanting fighting banned didn't stand a fighting chance Wednesday at the Canadian Tire Centre.

Twenty-four hours after Montreal tough guy George Parros hit the ice face first when he was tripped up in a fight with Toronto's Colton Orr Tuesday, the debate of whether fisticuffs should be outlawed was raging again.

The Senators punched holes in the argument.

"It's part of the game, I honestly think it is, to keep guys accountable," said winger Matt Kassian. "You need it. It's part of it. It has been there since the start. They have their reasons for thinking it should be out.

"You'd see an upswing in stick infractions with it out, you'd see a lot more 'rats' in the business. We have enough of those guys already. People are going to say what they say and think what they want to think.

"If I'm being honest, I think a vast majority want it in the game. As with a lot of things in life, it's just the vocal minority that are making noise."


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