It was easy to see how Brian Burke felt in the moment, when a camera focused on the Toronto Maple Leafs general manager as he watched his captain drop his gloves to fight for the first time this season. It was easy to read Burke's lips as Dion Phaneuf threw his punches: "Atta boy!"

The more complex questions were raised after the game, after the Leafs had fallen 3-2 to the Ottawa Senators at home on Tuesday night. Phaneuf was given the extra two minutes for roughing on the play, on top of the fighting major drawn for avenging a questionable hit from Senators forward Nick Foligno a few minutes earlier.

Was it wise for the captain to fight with the Leafs in a tight, crucial game, removing him from the ice for that much time? It had only been 12 days since Phaneuf left the ice after taking a puck to the side of his face, so was it worth the risk of injury to fight?