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The beginnings of a rivalry between Jets and Blues?

Mar 18, 2014, 12:35 AM EDT

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It’s their first season in the Western Conference’s Central Division. But the Winnipeg Jets may have found a team to share a rivalry with. That team also happens to sit atop the overall NHL regular season standings.

The two teams were in particularly bad moods on Monday. The Blues took a 3-1 victory over the Jets, fighting for a playoff position and sitting 11th in the West, but it was a line brawl that erupted at the end of the game that garnered most of the attention.

There’s a reinforced belief that rivalries in the NHL, or any professional sport league, begin during a playoff series. The Jets, since moving back to Winnipeg, have yet to make the post-season.

But Monday was a good start toward growing some animosity with a divisional opponent. The two teams combined for 69 body checks and 114 penalty minutes.

A large fight broke out in the corner to the right of Blues’ goalie Ryan Miller. It started after Dustin Byfuglien took a run at Blues’ defenseman Roman Polak. Just prior to that, Winnipeg had called a timeout with only 10 seconds remaining and down by a pair of goals with a faceoff in the offensive zone.

“I don’t view that as any big deal, just those things happen,” Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock told reporters afterward.

“I thought it was a very physical game. I thought their team, for back-to-back (games), played very hard. To me, they had a lot of players that played physical tonight.

“They’re looking at this as this is their chance to get back in the race and they’re probably pretty disappointed.”

  1. barkar942 - Mar 18, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Hey look! A Bobby Orr impersonation!

    • blomfeld - Mar 18, 2014 at 1:17 AM

      Friend … there was and only will be one Bobby Orr ! … and praise be for that :)

  2. jhaegs - Mar 18, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    You call a timeout with 10sec left when you’re down by two…

    Obviously they had something up their sleeves, and they looked like tools trying to start a fight (aka sore losers). No harm done though- Blues won and no one got hurt at the end. Nice of them to keep their goalie pulled so it was basically 6v5 during the brawl.

    LGB!

    • endusersolutions2013 - Mar 18, 2014 at 1:15 AM

      Yo Jhegs, I know we’ve had a “conceptual disagreement or two” this year.

      Nevertheless, I wanted to congratulate you/Blues/Blues fans – the Ryan Miller acquisition was a game changer. Blues are clearly now the team to beat in the WC.

      (Blomfeld, before you post another inane “Kings are the best” lame post, settle down – after your streak, you’ve just lost 3 in a row, losing at home to a team struggling to make the playoffs. Trust me, you don’t want to take on an objective comparison between the Kings and the Blues – THIS YEAR!!!)

      • jhaegs - Mar 18, 2014 at 1:50 AM

        For once, I agree with you… ;)

      • blomfeld - Mar 18, 2014 at 2:18 AM

        Jhaegs & Solutions …

        take care friends, best of luck and may God bless your respective teams in going forward …

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      Funny to hear Blues fans complain about goonery.

    • 11111111111a22 - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      The 6v5 aspect didn’t really matter because reaves literally had two guys tied up (Buf and someone else). I was actually at the game; very physical. Fun game.

  3. joey4id - Mar 18, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Blues are not only the team to beat in the WC, but are at the top of the heap to win the SC. Go Blues!

  4. pavelfitzgerald - Mar 18, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    The Jets didn’t start a fight, Jackman & Polak did. The hit was thunderous but clean, you can argue the time all you want. On the time note, the Jets put out their top player, not their fourth line so there was no malicious intent.
    Be happy as a Blues fan. John davidson did a great job laying the foundation for this current run about 5 years ago when they were a mess. Low key acquirings (at the time) ike Steen, Shatterkirk, etc. have paid huge dividends. The deal for Miller could very well be what puts them over the top

    • paperlions - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      The hit wasn’t clean or necessary. He hit a guy in the head that never had the puck and puck was long gone when he made the hit. He was taking a run at a guy because he was frustrated and the game was over. The Blues took exception, as they should have. It happens.

  5. jetsfan1973 - Mar 18, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Reaves had two guys tied up? Watch the game again and see Buff with a Blues player under each arm…

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