Blues forward Maxim Lapierre didn’t earn the name Yappy Lappy for nothing. And last night against the Senators, he was at it again, drawing the ire of Ottawa’s Eric Gryba in the process.
From the Ottawa Citizen:
“You can only take so much yapping from some of their players before it gets the guys fired up,” Gryba said. “It paid off in the end.”
Gryba didn’t mention any players by name, but it’s clear the Senators were disturbed by the antics of Maxim Lapierre, in particular. Several players tried to engage him in fights. Eventually, the Blues’ Ryan Reaves took on Gryba.
“It’s one thing to play against honest teams. It’s different when you’re playing against teams that are chippy and some guys who are running their mouth and won’t answer the bell (to fight),” said Gryba. “It’s not a (brand of) hockey that should be played. You can only take so much. I feel like we’re a pretty honest team.”
As you can see, the fight with Reaves did not go particularly well for Gryba…
…but the Sens got the last laugh, beating the Blues, 3-2, in a shootout.