NHL dealing with more fighting injuries

Maple Leafs left winger Frazer McLaren and Calgary Flames right winger Brian McGrattan fight during...

Maple Leafs left winger Frazer McLaren and Calgary Flames right winger Brian McGrattan fight during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome this week. (Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:13 PM ET

TORONTO - Two days after Brian Burke wrote an impassioned defence of fighting in hockey in USA Today, Steve Downie was in hospital with a broken orbital bone, a possible concussion and Ray Emery has become the latest in a series of NHL embarrassments.

Burke's timing couldn't have been worse, coming just before Emery's unprovoked attack on Washington goalie Braden Holtby and Downie's first fight in his second go-round in Philadelphia, one that he put a stop to by verbally informing his opponent he was hurt.

Holtby, who took at least 10 punches to the head, didn't have that luxury in a sport now confused by its own advocates demanding that the book be thrown at Emery.


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