I was watching the Blackhawks the other night and their pest Martin Havlat—pretty darn good player, but annoying—reminded me of an incident when he was first up with Ottawa.
A game against the Rangers had been decided and in the third period Mark Messier found himself with Havlat behind the net. Of course, Havlat had bugged him all night, and now Messier was in a rage, punching him, whacking him, elbowing him, really going overboard even after the officials arrived. I think Messier was thrown out of the game, either that or he got a misconduct and there were less than 10 minutes left, but his night was done.
Afterwards, an Ottawa reporter asked Messier, “What were you thinking there with Havlat?”
His answer: “I was thinking what else I could do to him.”