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Video: Bollig and Reaves slug and hug it out

Apr 6, 2014, 2:38 PM EDT

Not all fights can be dazzlers and that was the case for Chicago’s Brandon Bollig and St. Louis’ Ryan Reaves. The two dropped the gloves following Jeremy Morin’s tying goal in the second period.

The beefy combatants dropped the gloves and had a case of over-aggressive pairs dancing with some solid rights and lefts mixed in. Take a peek a Reaves after the fight turning to the Blues bench to get them fired up. That hasn’t paid off yet as the Blackhawks have a 3-1 lead in the third period.

  1. lowenni - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Love the little pat on the back and smile they gave each other at the end. Reaves looked pumped, and I thought I saw Bollig laughing during the fight. There’s just a friendly acknowledgement between enforcers in professional hockey and I think it’s awesome. Just a day at the office for them.

  2. esracerx46 - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Bollig smiles whenever he fights. I hate staged fights like this, and right after a Chicago goal I think it was the wrong time to fight.

  3. muckleflugga - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:43 PM


    bullcrap … if they were such buddies why were they duking it out with the sole intent of smashing the other ape’s face into a bloody pulp

    lmao … it’s all false bravado … both were filling their pants hoping not to get knocked silly on national television … when they pull them apart their knees are so weak they can barely standup

    then you had pierre slobbering all over the whole sham … this while eddie was doing his best not to clue pierre in … but then olcyzk played and was in locker rooms as a player rather than a hanger-on like mcguire

    this whole i’m going to kill you mufug but after we get saved by the linesman we’re all of a sudden pals is part of the pretence moving into hockey that has no basis in fact

    beyond wet dreams of drooling wannabe colour men who could find something positive in everything short of nuclear holocaust

    • lowenni - Apr 6, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      I was just saying that when these particular things happen, I find it amusing but nice. You can hardly call it bullcrap since it DID happen, it’s just a fact that they gave each other a little pat on the back and smiled. Of course sometimes a fight is out of anger. But for enforcers, clean ones like Reaves and Bollig (sometimes), it’s their job. Watch this, a fight in the LNAH that ends up with the combatants hugging it out:

    • bsaures - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      Go comment on golf if you want to complain and chirp people who fight in the NHL but dont act like you have any idea what fighting is about because if you did you would understand a fight in hockey isnt always about hurting someone its about trying to bring energy to your team.

      • joey4id - Apr 6, 2014 at 6:57 PM

        Yeah! So they say. How did this fight influence the of the game? Who was policing who and for what?

      • bsaures - Apr 6, 2014 at 7:15 PM

        It isnt always about policing its often about trying to take back momentum. The fight influenced the game plenty Chicago had the momentum at the point of the fight and because Bollig didnt lose the fight they kept it and won the game.

        Fights influence games all the time the perfect example is the Montreal Ottawa game on March 15. Habs are down 4-1 with 6 mins to go prust fights and wins and the momentum gained from that fight helped them score 3 goals in 6 mins and they won the game in overtime. One of the biggest comebacks in league history all started with a fight

    • blkeskimo1785 - Apr 6, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      Who are you, Woody Paige?

  4. muckleflugga - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:17 PM


    there’s nothing wrong with your view of proceedings …

    i just don’t buy the act … i read it as a means to rationalize violent and undisciplined play using perverted expression of sportsmanship after the fact …

    people like pierre mcguire and don cherry become nothing more than hucksters further rationalizing the violence

    sportsman do not knuckle-it-out leaving an opponent damaged for months and as often as not the remainder of their lives … that’s just a form of lingering murder

    the contrived fight between so-called enforcers followed by a phoney love-fest has become parody of fighting when fighting in the game was between a guy who felt wronged by a dirty play and the dirty player due comeuppance

    it was almost justifiable under those circumstances

    why does an enforcer need to fight another enforcer for anything other than show used to rationalize warming pine for the rest of their playing existence … should an enforcer not be going after players who have fouled players on their team of lesser physical stature

    i’ve seen and been involved in hockey fights and brawls and they produce hate that is carried over seasons and over the years … ask guys who’ve played … guys like dave schultz or joey kocur

    they hated their ordained roles as enforcers and the presumption goonery somehow trumped their skill … schultz hated freddy shero’s guts for the imposition

    there is neither love lost in real world world fighting nor sportsmanship after the fact

    it’s all show

  5. muckleflugga - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:31 PM


    no … you’re right

    nothing energizes a team like seeing a buddy getting trashed by a knuckle-dragging ape …

    lplay much …?

    all those hammering punches fractured skulls crushed orbital bones flattened noses broken teeth and faces slamming into the ice are all about energizing

    as i live and breathe i confess to having been educated by

    a complete blithering idiot

    • bsaures - Apr 6, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      I have played in the OHL during my younger days and I have seen first hand how it affects teams. It brings out the teams intensity after the fight and gives them a boost. Your teammates respect you and greatly appreciate your efforts. There is rarely any animosity among the players afterwards unless the fight was because of a dirty play. Having fought close to 15 times over a span of 4 years i can personally tell u I never injured anyone beyond a black eye and was never injured more than a bruised hand the entire time.

  6. superross - Apr 6, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    bsaures, I could not agree more with the way you see the game!

  7. hardkor07mn - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    I totally agree. I also played for years and had my fair share of scraps. For those of you cupcakes that don’t like fighting in hockey, GO WATCH BASKETBALL!!! Hockey is a mans game. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. Plain and simple. I’m a 100% sure nobody forces you to watch.

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