Jake Muzzin, a rookie defenseman, said Friday he was only too happy to support a fallen teammate Thursday. He was a little confused about the NHL’s overall message after he was penalized for fighting while wearing a protecitve visor after teammate Colin Fraser was decked on a hard check by the San Jose Sharks’ Andrew Desjardins, however.
As a player who wears a visor, Muzzin is doing what the league would like him to do to protect himself from serious eye injuries. As a player who defended a teammate, he’s violating a rule by fighting while wearing a visor. Muzzin expressed confusion.
“I just know they’re pushing guys to wear visors because they want to reduce injuries, right?” Muzzin said. “But then if you go and try to fight someone with a visor on, you get an extra two. The rule and what they want are fighting each other.”
Muzzin admitted he’s not a fighter and couldn’t recall his last bout before Thursday.
“I thought he was hurt, so I wanted to take action,” Muzzin said of Fraser.