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NHL 142 43 Tough Guy Tracker 29681693 Tough Guy tracker Tough+Guy+tracker NHL

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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NHL 142 43 Tough Guy Tracker 29681700 Todd Bertuzzi Todd+Bertuzzi NHL

In an entertaining game against Nashville last week, Detroit's Todd Bertuzzi decided to drop the gloves for the first time all season when he took on the Predators' Shane O'Brien in the first period. The seasoned Red Wings veteran enjoyed his scrap against O'Brien so much that he decided to do it again in the second period.

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NHL 142 43 Tough Guy Tracker 29681708 Kyle Clifford Kyle+Clifford NHL

In a Pacific Division clash on April 4 in San Jose, the Kings and the Sharks dropped the gloves three times, with LA's Kyle Clifford taking part in two of the bouts. Clifford started off his night by knocking knuckles with Jamal Mayers in the first period and wrapped things up by going toe-to-toe with Douglas Murray in the third.

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NHL 142 43 Tough Guy Tracker 29681702 Braydon Coburn Braydon+Coburn NHL

After seeing teammate Ruslan Fedotenko get laid out at center ice by the Flyers' Braydon Coburn Sunday afternoon in Philly, New York's Brian Boyle wasted no time pouncing on the Flyers' defenseman. Unfortunately, when all was said and done, Boyle, like his teammate, also took a pounding from Coburn.

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NHL 142 43 Tough Guy Tracker 29681695 David Clarkson David+Clarkson NHL

Last Wednesday at The Rock, New Jersey's David Clarkson rocked the Islanders' Zenon Konopka in the opening minutes. Clarkson took out the NHL's penalty minutes leader by landing a series of punishing rights in the one-sided scrap.

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NHL 142 43 Tough Guy Tracker 29681699 Darcy Hordichuk Darcy+Hordichuk NHL

On Mar. 31 in Florida, Darcy Hordichuk worked the Panthers crowd into a frenzy early when he bloodied Ottawa's Francis Lessard two minutes into the first period.

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NHL 142 43 Tough Guy Tracker 29681709 Rangers vs. Islanders Rangers+vs.+Islanders NHL

The Islanders may have pounded the Rangers 6-2 on the scoreboard last Thursday, but the Blueshirts didn't go down without a fight, winning two of the three scraps that the division rivals took part in that night at the Coliseum.

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NHL 142 43 Tough Guy Tracker 29681697 Jared Boll vs. John Erskine Jared+Boll+vs.+John+Erskine NHL

With his team down 1-0 late in the first period to the Capitals, the Blue Jackets' Jared Boll tried to jumpstart his team by taking on Washington tough guy John Erskine. Unfortunately, Boll took a beating from Erkine at center ice in the Caps' hard-fought 4-3 victory.

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NHL 142 43 Tough Guy Tracker 29681704 Derek Dorsett Derek+Dorsett NHL

Even though he gave away some height and weight to the Blues' Ryan Reaves, the Blue Jackets' Derek Dorsett had no problem schooling the St. Louis winger in a scrap Sunday night in Columbus.

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NHL 142 43 Tough Guy Tracker 29681694 Milan Lucic vs. Jay Rosehill Milan+Lucic+vs.+Jay+Rosehill NHL

Boston's Milan Lucic and Toronto's Jay Rosehill gave Bruins' fans their money's worth last Thursday night at the TD Garden in Massachusetts, with the tough guys going toe-to-toe in a spirited second-period bout that ended in Lucic's favor.

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NHL 142 43 Tough Guy Tracker 29681701 Tanner Glass Tanner+Glass NHL

With his team down 2-0 at home to the Oilers on April 2, Vancouver's Tanner Glass tried to get his team going by dropping the gloves in the second period with Edmonton's Jean-Francois Jacques.

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