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Stewart defends decision to fight Sarich after Avs bash him

Nov 16, 2013, 3:49 PM EDT

Stewart fight

The Colorado Avalanche weren’t shy about expressing their disapproval of Blues forward Chris Stewart after he dropped his gloves against Cory Sarich in the second period of last night’s 7-3 victory for St. Louis.

Defenseman Jan Hejda claimed that “there is no brains” in reference to Stewart and goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere remarked that it was a “little gutless by (Stewart).”

The 26-year-old Blues forward chose to respond to those criticisms today by asserting that he didn’t force Sarich to fight him. Stewart said he simply asked Sarich and the 6-foot-4 defenseman accepted.

As for Giguere’s claim that it was gutless?

“This is the same guy who ratted on his team about a Vegas trip. So I don’t really care about his opinion, to be honest,” Stewart told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Stewart was referencing an incident that happened in April when Giguere said that some members of the struggling Avalanche were “more worried about their Vegas trip at the end of the season than playing the games.”

Giguere later apologized for airing “dirty laundry.”

The team’s management and coaching staff has changed dramatically since then. Now the Avalanche are starting to look like serious contenders despite a two-game losing streak and of course the Blues are off to a great start too. These two teams will only have to wait until Nov. 27 for their rematch.

In the meantime, if you want to see the fight that spark these comments, here it is:

  1. muckleflugga - Nov 16, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    who needs the edge of darkness, peyton place or the young and the restless when you’ve got…

    As the Stomach Turns

    [ cut fade to the rear view of an unknown but well endowed player bent over and pulling on his can…tiny tim’s tip toe through the tulips at ninety decibels full reverb diminishing chord to screen sinking to dot then black ]

    vomit to the heartbreak and passion of the real nhl, real men, real curlers and nighties, real whispers and reeeeeeal secrets

    tune in tomorrow, find out who put the itching powder in sid’s jock, who’s bedding who’s hanger on, which group of grizzled veterans resent which group of over-paid layabout under producing young guns…

    yes, this issss real hockey, reeeeeal men doing what they do best

    • storminator16 - Nov 16, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      I had a chuckle.

  2. jhaegs - Nov 16, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Avs should’ve kept their mouth shut, and handled their beating with more poise. Now their adding insult to injury, and look like a bunch of gossip girls…

  3. jpat2424 - Nov 16, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Don’t have a dog in this fight. But Stewart has always been a turd.

  4. sjsharks66 - Nov 16, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Wow what a comeback by Stewart….not.

    • killerpgh - Nov 16, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      It was kind of weak. He should of came back with something about Their current goalie/head coach beating woman. Would have made for a better rematch on the 27th.

  5. pfhockey - Nov 16, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    REALLY not seeing anything here…

  6. mrhyperpants - Nov 16, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Stewart is a muppet

  7. jhaegs - Nov 16, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    So asking a guy if he wants to fight is worse than throwing your own teammates under the bus?

    He should’ve went back to the ice and pointed at the scoreboard, or pushed down the wall that divides the two locker rooms…

    Funny that Roy had a tantrum when he thought Anaheim was gooning it up in the opener, yet his team did the same thing the other night. Classy

  8. mikemaric - Nov 16, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    I had more issue with Reaves going after Macleod with Bordeleau on the ice.

  9. willrad00 - Nov 16, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    I absolutely approve of Giguere calling out his teammates for phoning in games last year. I thought that was a great comment that summed up the effort alot of avs were giving last year.

  10. jhaegs - Nov 16, 2013 at 7:43 PM


    Did you watch the game? Did you happen to see McLeod chirping at Reaves? I guess Reaves should’ve fought someone else because McLeod had a big mouth.

    You’re talking about a guy that goes toe to toe with players like Parros, Bollig, Kassian, Jackman, Boll, and anyone else that challenges him. Bordeleau hurt himself while checking Cole- you should be glad he didn’t fight Reaves…

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