WAM! BAM! Thank you, man! An NHL tough guy isn't necessarily someone who goes out and beats the snot out of an opponent every night. Sure, goons like that still exist in the league, but an NHL tough guy is more than that. He is a player who will not only stand up for himself and/or his teammates, but will also play through and dish out pain or a game-changing check whenever his team needs him to do so. Each Wednesday, FOXSports.com's NHL Tough Guy Tracker will spotlight those players and some of the best scraps from around the league. — Punch Imback
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Ben Eager vs. Adam McQuaid
With his team down 1-0 to the Sharks last Saturday, Boston's Adam McQuaid tried to ignite the Bruins by taking on San Jose's Ben Eager. But the more experienced Eager proved to be too much for the 24-year-old, landing a slew of punches in the short bout before McQuaid even had a chance to get set.
Sean Avery vs. Alexandre Picard
On Feb. 5 in Montreal, Alexandre Picard used his height and reach to his advantage to take out Sean Avery of the Rangers. The sneaky New York forward started the fracas by blindsiding Picard behind the Montreal net after a whistle, but Picard got the best of the cheap-shot artist.
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Cam Janssen vs. Jim Vandermeer
On Feb. 4 in St. Louis, Cam Janssen got the Scottrade Center rocking two minutes into the tilt when he squared off at center ice with Edmonton's Jim Vandermeer. The two ruffians matched blows for most of the fight, but Janssen skated away with the "W" by landing a thunderous right cross into Vandy's earhole late in the bout.
Tim Wallace vs. David Steckel
With his team down 2-0 to the Capitals on Super Bowl Sunday, Pittsburgh's Tim Wallace should have been looking for a way to get his team back in the game instead of hunting down Washington's David Steckel for the hit he laid on Sidney Crosby back on Jan. 1. While Wallace may have won his battle with Steckel, at the end of the day, the Caps picked up the win and two points.
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Adam Hall vs. Matt Bradley
In an intense first period of a Southeast division clash between the Capitals and Lightning on Feb. 4, Washington's Matt Bradley bested Tampa's Adam Hall in a non-stop 40-second scrap, landing right after overhand right on the Lightning winger.
Boston Bruins vs. Dallas Stars
On Feb. 3 in Boston, blood was boiling between the Bruins and Stars before the game was even five seconds old. The two teams squared off four times in the first period, with three of the fights coming in the opening seconds of the match.
Deryk Engelland vs. Brandon Prust
With his team down 2-0 on the road to the Rangers on Feb. 1, Deryk Engelland sparked his team to victory by taking on Brandon Prust in the second period. After Engelland scored a win over the New York agitator, the Pens went on to score three unanswered goals in the second and then sealed the deal by outscoring the Blueshirts in the shootout.
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Mike Komisarek vs. Cody McCormick
You don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind and you don't skate around all night picking on players smaller than you. Toronto's Mike Komisarek learned that the hard way Saturday night in Buffalo when he got his face smashed in by the Sabres' Cody McCormick after he spent the night hitting undersized players.
Aaron Rome vs. Chris Neil
Even though he got his butt handed to him by Ottawa's Chris Neil Monday night, you have to give Vancouver's Aaron Rome credit for dropping the gloves with the Sens' tough guy after Neil bowled over Canucks' captain Henrik Sedin at center ice.
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Brent Johnson vs. Rick DiPietro
New York's Rick DiPietro picked the wrong netminder to drop the blocker and catcher with last week, as Pittsburgh's Brent Johnson knocked him to the ice with one face-breaking blow. DiPietro's embarrassing loss to Johnson not only hurt his ego, it also cost his team, as the Islanders' goaltender will miss 4-6 weeks with facial fractures and swelling in his knee.