Picking and losing a fight is no way to gin up your team. King needed to be dealt with for his hit on Pietrangelo in game one and this fight was simply demoralizing for St. Louis. The Kings went on to win the period big time. Why didn't Hitchcock use Reaves? He wouldn't have hurt the team and he at the very least had a chance of beating King.
Lots of clutchin' and grabbin', but not many landed. King w/ the WIN, but not a dominant one.
I don't expect to see many more scraps in these playoffs. I am actually quite surprised at the low number of scraps in the first round games. Everyone's afraid of what the league might hand down. Congratulations Gary and Brendan. You have effectively cut the nuts off the league and anesthetized our game. Enjoy your rating dips.