St. Louis Blues forward Ryan Reaves got up from a fight with Dallas Stars forward Curtis McKenzie, looked at the opposing bench and blew a kiss. The situation happened near the end of Game 3 between the Stars and Blues, a 6-1 St. Louis blowout. [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey contest today ] Stars defenseman Stephen Johns lined up Blues star blue liner Alex Pietrangelo and hit him hard into the boards. This angered Reaves, who stepped in and defended his teammate. pic.twitter.com/5kMyZKkiMQ — Stephanie (@myregularface) May 4, 2016 Reaves and McKenzie then started to fight one another. When Reaves began to beat up McKenzie the Dallas forward turtled. When they broke apart and were sent off the ice, each with five-minute majors, Reaves gave the gesture to the Dallas bench. Reaves played in Games 1 and 2 of his team’s first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks and then was sat in favor of Steve Ott. The Blues called on Reaves in Games 2 and 3 of this series to add more size in their lineup to combat the speedy Stars. St. Louis leads Dallas 2-1 in their series. MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY
Viral sensation Tony X. received a hero’s welcome at Scottrade Center on Tuesday. He mugged for photos, was videoed by the St. Louis Blues, shown on the jumbotron, and tweeted out a few observations from the contest. It was reportedly the first live NHL game for Anthony Holmes ( aka Tony X. or @soloucity on Twitter) who became a social media hero during Game 7 of the Blues’ first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks . Holmes became such a big deal that he was interviewed on Good Morning America. [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey contest today ] There, Blues vice president Brett Hull offered Holmes tickets to Tuesday night’s Game 3 between St. Louis and the Dallas Stars. The Blues paid tribute to Holmes at the first TV timeout, showing him on the jumbotron, which included one of his signature tweets from Game 7. Everyone's new favorite hockey fan, Tony X ( @soIoucity ) , is at the Blues game tonight. 😂 pic.twitter.com/PTSel77qEv — Hockey Tweets (@HKY_Tweets) May 4, 2016 Holmes also tweeted a photo from his seat before the start of the game. It's not cold.....noted for future references pic.twitter.com/7WjfUqNsjz — Tony X. (@soIoucity) May 4, 2016 Then a video before player introductions. I really feel like i need a seatbelt on sitting this close. pic.twitter.com/2LrmUmZjbP — Tony X. (@soIoucity) May 4, 2016 The Blues also showed Holmes cheering with a close-up video. . @soIoucity approved 👍 #WeAllBleedBlue https://t.co/3CnvXIJLmL — St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) May 4, 2016 Also, it appeared that Holmes listened to the please of sniper Vladimir Tarasenko, asking him to wear Tarasenko’s No. 91. TONY X IS IN THE BUILDING @soIoucity #stlblues pic.twitter.com/YwGDsKhHmP — Benjamin Hochman (@hochman) May 4, 2016 Following the game, a 6-1 win by the Blues, Holmes was thrilled with the outcome. Game was amazing😂😂😂 #LGB . I need sleep!!! — Tony X. (@soIoucity) May 4, 2016 The St. Louis Post-Dispatch interviewed Holmes at the game. “It's been amazing, it's kind of surreal,” Tony X said after the second period, with “his” Blues leading, 5-1. “I still can't believe it's happening, even though it's happening right now. ... I've taken more pictures tonight than I probably have in the last five years. ... It's 10 times even more than what I thought it would be — you're right here and you can feel the vibrations when they hit against the glass.” Holmes did tweet out a question asking about power play rules. He also was entertained by enforcer Ryan Reaves , who blew a kiss at the Stars bench after a fight near the end of the game. St. Louis may need to bring Holmes back for Game 4 considering how well Game 3 went with him in the building. MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY - - - - - - - Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper
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