Anywho: jumping off the bench to fight while your team is in a scrum is almost never a good thing. Almost. You almost always get suspended (six games, in Shaw’s case), and you rarely get much accomplished.
But there are times where I support it – case in point, when Eric Goddard jumped off the bench to stop Micheal Haley from fighting Brent Johnson, his teams goaltender. Johnson, capable though he may be, would’ve been in real danger against a trained hockey fighter in far less gear.
Mix that up with the fact that acts like that shows he cares about his teammates. He’s going to be loyal. He’s not afraid to play gritty, and boy-oh-boy do North American hockey teams love their sandpaper. And, it lets teams know that yours can’t be pushed around, and it gives you the chance to get a little eye-for-an-eye justice. And hey, it’s early in the year.
So he’s going to miss six games, that may hurt the team a bit. Whatever, they’ll survive. In his situation there, I’ve got no problem with him flying off the handle a little bit.