Kurtis Gabriel explains what led to epic fight with Vegas' Ryan Reaves

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Sharks' Kurtis Gabriel explains what led to epic Ryan Reaves fight originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Kurtis Gabriel and Ryan Reaves sure brought the theatrics in a drama-fueled matchup between the Sharks and the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday night at SAP Center. 

Both players kicked off the third period of the Sharks' 5-4 overtime loss by dropping their gloves and going at it, leading to an epic fight

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After the game, Gabriel broke down what led to the scrap.

"I basically had to earn his attention enough to get a fight there," Gabriel said regarding Reaves. "I guess he didn't think I did in the first game. I guess he deemed it was time tonight."

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However, Gabriel did acknowledge  Reaves, who left the game after returning from the penalty when he was possibly hit by another player's skate blade.

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"It's a high-tension game, but that all goes out the window when you see him go down like that," Gabriel said. "Looks like a serious injury, so that's tough to see."

The two fourth-line players had begun chirping at each other before the game even started, so it seemed likely a fight was inevitable at some point Friday.

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In a rivalry as fiery as the Sharks-Golden Knights is, it wasn't surprising to see the two duke it out. Logan Couture and Max Pacioretty also exchanged shots earlier in the contest.

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Pacioretty and the Golden Knights would have the last laugh though, as the winger ripped his second goal of the game past Devan Dubnyk 1:25 into overtime to give Vegas the victory.

Luckily for the Sharks, they won't have to wait long for a revenge game. They'll take on the Golden Knights for game two of the series Saturday, and it's sure to be just as intense as usual.