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NHL Should Punch Out Staged Fights

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Two seconds into the Rangers' 2013 home opener against the Penguins, New York's Arron Asham and Pittsburgh's Tanner Glass dropped their gloves and squared off, much to the delight of the Madison Square Garden crowd. Asham and Glass -- who'd fought each other last season while playing for different teams -- exchanged punches for nearly a minute before tiring out, at which point they were separated by the linesmen and directed to their respective penalty boxes as the arena roared its approval.

Scenes like this, in which players dropped their gloves mere seconds after the opening faceoff, played out several times during the first week of the NHL season. Detroit's Jordin Tootoo vs. Columbus's Jared Boll, for...

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