I guess that's the difference in the view of someone who is a knowledgeable fan versus someone who has actually played hockey all their life.
Nope, not only have I watched hockey at the midget, jr level, and pro level, since I was 5, I've PLAYED hockey all my life! The vast majority of people who overreacted to the Bertuzzi "punch" are people who watch a few NHL games a year, and that is about it.
What Bertuzzi did happens in almost every game, however the result was an unfortunate accident. It wasn't "out of the blue". The hurt player knew what was happening, he just refused to fight Bertuzzi, and as he skated away, Bertuzzi skated after him and "punched" him with his glove out of frustration. I see this all the time. Unfortunately, the player hit the ice akwardly and recieved an unusually serious injury.
I have nephews who play hockey, and honestly if the exact same thing happened to one of them, I would be horrified, but I would not villify the other player. On the other hand, if another player rammed one of them from behind into the boards, or cross checked them across the face with a stick (as Gary Suter did to Paul Karia once and barely recieved a slap on the wrist as punishment), I would be insanely angry.
However, having said all that, I still respect other people's opinions on the subject, even if I dont agree with them.