During the second period of Tuesday's Montreal-Tampa Bay game, Lightning forward Ryan Malone had a bit of a meltdown and took out some serious anger on Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin.
This resulted in Malone being ejected for being the "aggressor" in the fight (if you want to call it a fight), and tallied 17 penalty minutes.
According to the NHL Rule book, being the aggressor is defined as follows:
The aggressor in an altercation shall be the player who continues to throw punches in an attempt to inflict punishment on his opponent who is in a defenseless position or who is an unwilling combatant.Just before this incident took place, Emelin was issued a two-minute minor for intereference for a hit on Malone.
A player must be deemed the aggressor when he has clearly won the fight but he continues throwing and landing punches in a further attempt to inflict punishment and/or injury on his opponent who is no longer in a position to defend himself.
A player who is deemed to be the aggressor of an altercation shall be assessed a major penalty for fighting and a game misconduct.
A player who is deemed to be the aggressor of an altercation will have this recorded as an aggressor of an altercation for statistical and suspension purposes.
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