Chicago Blackhawks-Toronto Maple Leafs was probably the most entertaining game this week, with emotions running high. Things were especially testy between Ryan Reaves and Corey Perry, and it kicked off after a tilt between Noah Gregor and Connor Murphy. Gregor nailed Nikita Zaitsev with a big hit, prompting Murphy to drop the mitts—and Ryan Reaves also wanted in on the action.
Reaves went after Corey Perry, and their conversation between the benches was caught on camera, and Reaves’ hilarious chirping quickly went viral.
“Why do you think I give a f–k what you say? Huh? What, what are you gonna do about it?” Reave said.
“Never back it up though. Never f–king back it up, never.”
Corey Perry didn’t give in to it, and not later in the game either, when Reaves pushed him down to the ice as Perry turtled. Perry got the last laugh on the scoreboard as he scored a breakaway game-winning goal in the middle frame in the Blackhawks’ 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs.
After morning skate on Wednesday, Reaves was asked about the incidents with Perry and why he went after him so much. Reaves is known for always speaking his mind, and when asked about Perry, he didn’t hold back one bit. His assessment of Perry was ruthless.
”I never really liked him, to be honest,” Reaves told media.
”We always seem to kind of run into each other when we play against each other, but not a lot of love for that guy,” he continued.
When Reaves chirped Perry during the game earlier this week, he talked about how Perry ’never backs it up,’ and he stands by it.
”Just the way he runs his mouth, I don’t know. He kind of acts tough. He’s not tough.”
There seems to be a spicy rivalry growing between the Blackhawks and the Maple Leafs, and fans can’t wait for Nov. 24, when the team plays each other for the second and final game this season. Bring on Round 2 between Reaves and Perry!