In a scrap with Tampa Bay ruffian Zenon Konopka, Ottawa's Chris Neil didn't look very tough at the end of the bout when he nailed Konopka with a cheap shot as the linesmen were breaking things up. Expect Konopka to call Neil to the mat again this coming Thursday night when the two clubs square off in Ottawa.
Jim Vandermeer, Phoenix Coyotes
On Oct. 28, the Coyotes' Jim Vandermeer hurt the Columbus Blue Jackets on the ice and on the score sheet. First, Vandermeer took on and beat up forward R.J. Umberger in front of the Phoenix cage, and then Vandermeer tallied the game-winner against Columbus at 13:17 of the second period.
Jay Harrison, Carolina Hurricanes
It didn't take Carolina's Jay Harrison and St. Louis' Brad Winchester long to try and get their teams fired up last Wednesday night. The two combatants dropped the gloves and started pounding on each other just 2:35 into the opening period.
Raitis Ivanans, Los Angeles Kings
On Nov. 2 in Arizona, L.A.'s Raitis Ivanans wasn't going to let anyone push around his teammates while he was on the ice. Ivanans came to the defense of teammate Brad Richardson after he was rubbed out hard along the boards by Phoenix forward Paul Bissonnette.
Steve Downie, Tampa Bay Lightning
On Halloween night, Tampa Bay's Steve Downie didn't take too kindly to being hit from behind by New Jersey's Bryce Salvador. Downie got up from the check and went right after Salvador. But the Lightning fireplug should have stayed down or away from Salvador that night, as he only subjected his body to more punishment.
Jean-Francois Jacques, Edmonton Oilers
Drop the gloves first, ask questions later. Edmonton's J-F Jacques followed that creed Monday night when he saw Islander defenseman Andy Sutton nail his teammate Tom Gilbert with what he thought was a dirty check.
Cam Janssen, St. Louis Blues
Less than four minutes after Carolina's Jay Harrison and St. Louis' Brad Winchester dropped the gloves on Oct. 28, Tim Conboy and Cam Janssen went at it. But, unlike the first fight, this bout was no draw. Janssen was the clear winner, landing several monster blows on Conboy's face.
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Who was that masked man? With his team down 2-1 in the second period, Pittsburgh sniper and captain Sidney Crosby made like a goon on Halloween night and dropped the gloves with Minnesota Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky, trying to light a fire under the trailing Pens.
Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes
On Oct. 31, Phoenix Coyotes' captain Shane Doan showed everyone he was a stand-up guy. After getting knocked to the ice in the first period by a vicious hit to the head by Anaheim defenseman James Wisniewski, Doan went to the net in the second period and found and pummeled the Ducks' backliner.
Keith Yandle, Phoenix Coyotes
In a game between the Phoenix Coyotes and Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 31, Keith Yandle stood up for Coyotes teammate Shane Doan after Anaheim's James Wisniewski knocked Doan loopy with a questionable open-ice hit.
Let 'em throw!
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. There were plenty of tricks, treats, frights and fights on the ice during Halloween week in the NHL. One monster blow, which was landed by Anaheim's James Wisniewski, almost took the head off Phoenix captain Shane Doan, causing teammate Keith Yandle to go after the Ducks' defenseman. Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby came to the rink dressed as a goon on Halloween night, mixing it up with Marek Zidlicky in a game against the Minnesota Wild. - Punch Imback