Canes forward Anthony Stewart said there never was any doubt, any hesitation.
Brian Boyle of the New York Rangers hit Jeff Skinner along the boards in the third period of Thursday's game -- a dangerous hit, in Stewart's eyes. Just like that, Stewart went after Boyle, throwing punches, drawing a fighting major but also an instigator minor.
"It was one of our star players but I would do it for anyone else," Stewart said today after the Canes practice at Raleigh Center Ice. "It (stinks) that I got the two minutes but it was more of a moral victory than anything, to show the camaraderie on the team.
"We're trying to go in a new direction here and guys are going to have to do some things maybe out of their element. Jumping a guy here and there will help this team. I don't think it's happened this year where we stand up for a teammate right away, but going forward we have to do those little things and come out of our comfort zone to help us."
The Canes lost to the Rangers 5-3 and Stewart ...