ST. LOUIS (AP) – St. Louis Blues tough guy Ryan Reaves blew a kiss to the Dallas Stars’ bench after late fisticuffs in Game 3 of their second-round series. No doubt, the Stars will remember in Game 4.

“I think the players note that, yeah, I think they do,” Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said Wednesday. “Our guys were embarrassed last night, and that’s stuff you take to heart. That’s stuff you use. We’re a proud team.”

Reaves was responding to a boarding penalty by Stephen Johns on Blues defenseman Alex Pietranelo with about three minutes to go in a 6-1 rout on Tuesday. After getting the best of Curtis McKenzie in a fight, Reaves rubbed it in a bit.

Pietrangelo said the only damage from the hit was a scratch near his right eye.

“It’s good to see guys sticking up for each other,” Pietrangelo said. “We’re a tight group and we’re not going to let anybody take liabilities on us and that’s what Reavo stood up for.”

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said there’s a lot of animosity in all series right now.

“I saw five or six clips from Nashville this morning, it’s nasty,” Hitchcock said. “You see press conferences from the coaches who lost, they’re abrupt, they’re direct.”

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