Mark Messier fought 62 times in his career. That's a good chunk of fights and most of them happened when he was an Oiler. But there is one common theme in his career and it is that of all the cheap shots Messier threw it wasn't even close to parallel the fights he had. For instance, how many times did Messier throw an elbow only to not have someone drop the gloves? Even in his final season he spears Martin Strbak in the groin (gets suspended for it) and no one even breathes on him for that. I have my theories on it, I think Messier carved out a reputation as being crazy and doing anything to win and that would elicit fear in opponents. Even with that in mind, it still doesn't answer the question entirely as to why there weren't more opponents that went after him when a dirty play happened to stick up for a teammate. For some reason Messier could almost just stand there knowing there was rarely someone that would challenge him. I know some people will post the video of Messier and Robinson in 1981 jarring with each other. Messier showing he wanted no part of Robinson but still swinging his stick at him. Here it is: So there is that, but why doesn't Robinson just drop him there? He's a 20 year old kid against a wily veteran. What stopped Robinson from fighting him there? I think most of us take Robinson in a fight vs. Messier. Maybe Robinson was thinking about the score of the game, who knows, the Habs lost that series convincingly.