My questions is, what the hell else were they supposed to do?
Should they just hold on to the puck, not shoot, and skate circles around the other players?
Perhaps they should sit back, lean against the boards, and let the other team fire at will at their goalie.
Or should they just play quarter-assed for the entire game?
To me, each of these options seem to demean the other team far more than running up the score.
As other's have pointed out, this ain't the little leagues. Play hard and strong until the whistle.
I wonder if you could tie this thread into the one about the American Snowboarder who fell... It'd be interesting to correlate opinions on both threads, see what matches up.
(And yes, in Olympic ice hockey [y'know, I shouldn'y have to qualify that with "ice", but that's another story], "points for" are critical in a tie-breaker situation)