Here's an incredibly topical situation: seven minutes into the second period of Tuesday's tilt between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, Nick Foligno clipped Dion Phaneuf, getting low to duck a hit along the boards.
Phaneuf didn't like it; and while the referees assessed Foligno a two-minute minor for clipping, the Leafs captain opted to hold him accountable for it. Thus, a little over six minutes later, we got this exchange of blows (the clip is towards the end of the video).
We'll update once a better video of the clip becomes available. Pretty standard fight, but there's a lot to talk about here.
First, any instance of clipping is now going to be followed by a discussion of supplemental discipline, so let's get into that: I don't expect it here. It was a pretty basic clip, but certainly not a malicious or predatory one, and with Dion Phaneuf barreling down on Foligno, I suspect claims of self-defense will carry a little more merit.
Second, is clipping on the rise or w...