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NHL 142 43 Tough Guy Tracker 28356009 Dancing cheek to cheek Dancing+cheek+to+cheek NHL

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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.

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NHL 142 43 Tough Guy Tracker 28356012 1. Jay Rosehill vs. Francis Lessard 1.+Jay+Rosehill+vs.+Francis+Lessard NHL

In one of the best fights of the week, Ottawa's Francis Lessard and Toronto's Jay Rosehill both tried to fire up their teams by dropping the gloves in the second period of a scoreless contest on Feb. 19. Both combatants received a roaring ovation from the crowd at the ACC, as they threw everything but the kitchen sink at each other in the 30 second scrap.

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NHL 142 43 Tough Guy Tracker 28354047 2. David Clarkson, New Jersey Devils 2.+David+Clarkson%2C+New+Jersey+Devils NHL

On Feb. 19 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, the Hurricanes Troy Bodie just about lost his head in a fight with New Jersey's David Clarkson. The Devils center landed a big right hand to Bodie's face that sent the winger's lid flying to the ice.

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NHL 142 43 Tough Guy Tracker 28352081 3. Travis Hamonic, New York Islanders 3.+Travis+Hamonic%2C+New+York+Islanders NHL

After seeing his teammate Andrew MacDonald get laid out from behind by Florida's Steve Bernier Monday afternoon at the Nassau Coliseum, Travis Hamonic brought the house down when he floored Bernier in front of the Panthers' bench.

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NHL 142 43 Tough Guy Tracker 28356010 4. Matt Bradley, Washington Capitals 4.+Matt+Bradley%2C+Washington+Capitals NHL

Washington's Matt Bradley earned his money Monday night in Pittsburgh, scoring five hits on the opposition and one fight win over Penguins feisty forward Ryan Craig.

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NHL 142 43 Tough Guy Tracker 28352084 5. George Parros, Anaheim Ducks 5.+George+Parros%2C+Anaheim+Ducks NHL

The only thing the Ducks won in the 9-3 ass-whooping they took from the Blues was a George Parros scrap with Cam Janssen. The NHL's fight leader used his big reach to land some solid blows on Jansen, one of which knocked the helmet off of the St. Louis scrapper.

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NHL 142 43 Tough Guy Tracker 28352085 6. Raffi Torres vs. Brenden Morrow 6.+Raffi+Torres+vs.+Brenden+Morrow NHL

With his team down 1-0 to Canucks early in the first period on Feb. 19, Stars captain Brenden Morrow took one for the team when he dropped the gloves with Vancouver's gritty forward Raffi Torres.

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NHL 142 43 Tough Guy Tracker 28354043 7. Zenon Konopka, New York Islanders 7.+Zenon+Konopka%2C+New+York+Islanders NHL

On Feb. 19 in New York, the Islanders Zenon Konopka – the NHL penalty minutes leader –picked up his 19th fighting major of the season, when he took on LA's Kyle Clifford after the Kings' winger came in with a high stick on Konopka behind the play.

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NHL 142 43 Tough Guy Tracker 28356013 8. John Erskine, Washington Capitals 8.+John+Erskine%2C+Washington+Capitals NHL

After witnessing Anaheim's Andy Sutton lay out his teammate Matt Hendricks, Washington's John Erskine wasted no time laying the smack down on the Ducks' veteran defenseman.

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NHL 142 43 Tough Guy Tracker 28354046 9. Ryan Wilson, Colorado Avalanche 9.+Ryan+Wilson%2C+Colorado+Avalanche NHL

On Feb. 16 in Colorado, Ryan Wilson gave Pittsburgh's Nick Johnson such a beating that his hand hurt at the end of the fight just as much as Johnson's head.

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NHL 142 43 Tough Guy Tracker 28352086 10. Mark Fraser vs. Troy Bodie 10.+Mark+Fraser+vs.+Troy+Bodie NHL

Less than two minutes into their Feb. 16 meeting at The Rock, Carolina's Troy Bodie and New Jersey's Mark Fraser went at it but good. Bodie got things heated up quickly by landing some early rights, but Fraser didn't disappoint the home crowd, as he finished off the scrap with a good flurry of his own.

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