NHL linesmen have been stepping into Adam McQuaid’s attempts to fight recently, and the latest example came Thursday night in Buffalo.
McQuaid and Sabres forward Will Carrier started to throw down in the Buffalo zone during the first period and the linesmen immediately stepped in to break up the fight. But by trying to restrain McQuaid, the officials made it easier for Carrier to land some powerful punches. The damage was evident (see the photo below, via FOX Sports’ Pete Blackburn).
Here’s a look at the full fight.
Fighting still is allowed in the NHL, so it makes no sense for linemen to jump into a fight between two willing combatants.