Veteran agitator Steve Ott is well-known for pushing the envelope, but Monday in Game 3 of St. Louis’ first-round series against Minnesota, he was a little extra zealous, first clashing with Wild rookie Matt Dumba on the bench, then taking on Marco Scandella and Jared Spurgeon on the same play late in the game.
Blues veteran agitator Steve Ott was in rare form Monday during Game 3 of St. Louis’ first-round series against the Minnesota Wild – first, going after rookie defenseman Matt Dumba – who was on the bench and laughing at him – then engaging in some less-than legal activity late in the game against Marco Scandella and Jared Spurgeon.
Ott got into it with Dumba after missing a check on Minnesota’s Jonas Brodin; it appears Dumba wasn’t entirely innocent either (as he came over into his personal space, Dumba appeared to grab Ott), but the Blues winger didn’t take kindly to it, faking a punch at him as Dumba burst into a wide grin: (vine via The Cauldron)
And with 58 seconds left in the third period and the game well in hand for the Wild (who went on to win 3-0), Ott decided to take on a couple more of them: he hit Scandella with a thunderous clean check, but followed that up with a hit to the back of Scandella’s head, and finally tackled Spurgeon to the ice: (video via We All Bleed Redd)
Ott received a 10-minute misconduct on the play, and the 32-year-old will likely answer for his actions the next time he’s on the ice. But given his history, he’s just as likely to continue pushing the envelope – and occasionally, crossing the line.