Competition can push you to get better and make you raise your game. Sometimes it doesn’t bring out the best in you, though.
Saturday provided two (unintentionally?) amusing moments of players throwing, well, fits in eventual defeats.
The most rumblings came from Jake Allen, who may or may not have shown up Ken Hitchcock in seemingly being only briefly pulled from Saturday’s eventual 4-1 St. Louis Blues loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs:
Despite getting the franchise’s first hat trick from a defenseman (Shea Weber), the Nashville Predators coughed up a lead to the Detroit Red Wings and lost 5-4 in overtime.
In one corner, you have David Backes, a player so agitating that it’s surprising he isn’t goaded into a fight more often.
In the other: Nazem Kadri, a guy who has some fire to his game, but you wouldn’t necessarily expect him to drop the mitts.
The St. Louis Blues and Toronto Maple Leafs are engaging in a pretty interesting contest on Saturday, as the Buds currently hold the lead. That fight above might be more surprising than Toronto’s current lead, though.
Just like we all predicted, Kadri takes Toronto's first fighting major of the season.