A Check-up on Some Old Friends


Peverley Sobotka

Last night the St. Louis Blues handed the Dallas Stars a pretty good whoopin’ at Scottrade Center, erupting for six goals on just 25 shots and handing the Stars their second loss in a row.

But perhaps of more interest to Bruins fans was the spirited scrap between two players who formerly donned the Spoked ‘B’ (though not at the same time), Rich Peverley and Vladimir Sobotka. At the 11:27 mark of the first period, with the Blues ahead just 2-1 at this point, Peverley appeared to take exception to a high shove from Sobotka as the two chased a loose puck, giving him a pretty solid two handed slash as play continued. The slash got Sobotka’s attention quickly, and madness ensued:

These are the kind of self-policing fights that in my opinion still belong in the game. Peverley didn’t like the hit, got a slash in, the two fought, and then it was done. No dirty cheap shots minutes later, no goons going after Sobotka, just good tough hockey.

The two actually traded a couple good punches before Sobotka earned the takedown, earning the victory according to 55% of viewers on HockeyFights.com. It was the 5’10″ 185 lb. Blues forward’s second fight  of the season, earning an even more lopsided victory over Colorado star Matt Duchene just two weeks ago.

Peverley meanwhile is a little less pugistically skilled, fighting just three times previously in his 459 career NHL games. He handled himself well against the small but sneaky strong Sobotka, including landing a pretty good shot (intentionally or not) with Sobotka’s helmet tangled with his punching hand.

“Pevs” fought just one time in a Boston uniform, which was actually his last fight before this, back on the 2011 Cup run when he battled Tampa D-man Marc-Andre Bergeron to a draw. It’s understandable though, fighting isn’t socially acceptable behavior in Peverley Hills.

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