Ryan Reaves pummeled Eric Gryba last night

The St. Louis Blues enforcer defended the honor of his teammate by taking down the big Senators defenseman in a fight that illustrated just how potent the right winger’s punching power can be.

The Blues got beat by Ottawa last night in a shootout, but they certainly didn’t get beaten in the alley. Enforcer Ryan Reaves defended the honor of Max Lapierre (hey, there’s a first time for everything…), engaging Senators blueliner Eric Gryba in a tilt that was more than a little decisive:

Now Gryba is no noob when it comes to fighting, but he clearly went into this scrap with his eyes wide open. Former United States League commissioner Skip Prince once told me that when he sees players circle each other, at least one of them doesn’t actually want to go. Watching the glint of joy in Reaves’ eyes, he is not that guy. Gryba looks like he knew what was about to happen.

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In a season where heavyweights such as Brian McGrattan and John Scott have been quiet, Reaves is really making a name for himself. Not only is he a top-notch fighter, but he also leads the Blues in hits and can chip in a goal here and there.