WAM! BAM! Thank you man! The NHL season is in full swing and so are the league's tough guys. 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
George Parros vs. Steve MacIntyre
Two NHL heavyweights, Anaheim's George Parros and Edmonton's Steve MacIntyre, battled to a draw on Feb. 13 in Alberta. This upped Parros' league-leading fight total to 21, three more than the Blue Jackets' Jared Boll.
D.J. King vs. Kevin Westgarth
With his team down by a goal on the road late in the first period, the Kings' Kevin Westgarth tried to get his team going by dropping the gloves with Washington enforcer D.J. King. After a neutral zone faceoff, King connected on a couple of big shots early, but halfway through the bout the tide turned when Westgarth knocked the lid off the Capitals' ruffian with a face-busting right cross.
Brad Staubitz vs. Cam Janssen
St. Louis and Minnesota went wild at the Xcel Energy Center on Feb. 12, squaring off three times before the night was over. The main event came at the 16:48 mark of the first period when Brad Staubitz brought the hometown crowd to its feet by flooring Cam Janssen.
Tim Thomas vs. Carey Price
Gotta give Tim Thomas a lot of credit. After seeing Montreal goalie Carey Price leave his crease several times during a melee in the second period, Thomas skated the length of the ice to challenge his fellow puck-stopper to a duel.
Jared Boll vs. Cody McLeod, then David Koci
For the second time this season, Columbus irritant Jared Boll dropped the gloves twice in one game. On Feb. 11 against the visiting Avs, Boll first tangled with Colorado left wing Cody McLeod in the first period, and then mixed it up again in the second session with another left winger, David Koci.
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Jody Shelley vs. Kevin Westgarth
After getting knocked to the ice from behind by a cheap shot from Jody Shelley, L.A.'s Kevin Westgarth immediately went to town on the Flyers' veteran scrapper, landing four vicious right uppercuts at the opening bell. But Shelley rebounded nicely, connecting on a few thunderous rights of his own before the officials stepped in and separated the two big boys.
Eric Boulton vs. Brandon Proust
On Feb. 11 in Atlanta, Eric Boulton brought Thrashers' fans to their feet when he pummeled New York pest Brandon Prust in the first period. Prust never had a chance against his much-bigger foe, as Boulton threw and landed countless rights before the linesmen stepped in to stop the insanity.
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Micheal Haley vs. Brent Johnson
Brent Johnson was bombarded and beaten Friday night by Micheal Haley and the New York Islanders. The 24-year old forward not only potted one of the seven goals the Isles scored on the Pittsburgh goaltender, he also beat Johnson in a second-period bout, scoring a little payback for his teammate Rick DiPietro, who was knocked out of action by one punch from Johnson on Feb. 2.
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Kyle Clifford vs. Daniel Carcillo
L.A.'s Kyle Clifford laid the smack down but good on Philadelphia's Daniel Carcillo on Sunday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center. Clifford pulverized Carcillo in the 25-second scrap, landing several overhand rights that stung the Flyers' tough guy.
Canadiens vs. Bruins
Hockey fans got their money's worth on Feb. 9 in Boston when the Bruins and Montreal Canadiens clashed in an Original Six game that had everything. Fans not only got to see 14 goals and six fights, they also witnessed a goalie scrap and a Beantown beatdown by Gregory Campbell on Montreal's Tom Pyatt.