InTo ThE WiLD, on 09 November 2011 - 02:10 AM, said:
Here are my points :
1- The headbutt seems completely invisible
2- why would Nick Johnson headbutt him whereas Iginla wears an helmet with visor whereas Jonhson doesn't have his helmet on ? , that would just mean hurting himself for Johnson.
3- We can see the face of Iginla after the scrap, he has absolutely nothing, he is not injured, and he still has his visor on ....
Personally I was kinda getting angry in front of my TV lol , and I was very disappointed to see Iggy do that , what a lack of class ....
1. You can see the headbutt, or perceived headbutt, at 1:41 of the video. Right after that you can see Iginla complaining to the refs, while he's still in the fight.
2. I really don't think this was intentional at all. I'm amazed he got those extra penalties because honestly that just seems like a ref who's got a man crush on Iginla.
To me, this official is just a clown. That play barely qualifies as a headbutt, and Iginla is whining and complaining during the fight, and then all the way to the box. The refs buy it and dole out the extra penalties to Minnesota. No additional unsportsmanlike call to Iginla for all the complaining afterwards, but Koivu gets a strip torn off by the ref for trying to talk to the official. Koivu is the captain, he's allowed to talk to the officials to dispute calls. Doesn't make a lot of sense. These penalties seem to be based on Iginla's accusations and little else.
Also interesting is that nobody mentions that at the start of the fight, Iginla gets his stick up, and is facewashing Johnson with his glove and the butt end of his stick is right in Johnson's face. Is that 'player safety'? I get that facewashing is part of the game if you're getting in scrums, but with the butt end of your stick pointing out? That's reckless and dangerous.
Curious here is that a lot of people are extolling how classy Iginla is, even in this situation. But if that were a Canuck, he'd be a whiner, a complainer and I'm sure that the takedown in that fight would be called a 'dive'. It would be paraded all around the league as an example of how whiney and classless the team is. Media and fans from all over the league would cry foul and bash us for it. But because it was Jarome, it's just another 'class act' by a warrior who was trying to spark his team. I could care less what other teams or other fans think of us, but I'm getting awfully tired of the double standard.