The Vegas Golden Knights, in their inaugural season in the NHL, have made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals, where they’re currently facing off with the Winnipeg Jets and a very large human being named Daniel Byfuglien. The Knights appear to have two very distinct goals in this series: win it and put Byfuglien on the ice. Achieving the former remains to be seen. Achieving the latter, though, is off to a poor start.
Byfuglien stands 6-foot-5 and weighs a good 260 pounds, measurements that more closely resemble an NBA power forward, so you can imagine the problems the Golden Knights might run into trying to bring him down. You know, like this:
Byfuglien has been doubling as a brick wall for the entirety of the playoffs. Look what he did to poor Joel Erikkson from the Minnesota Wild in the first round:
And here he is holding two Nashville Predators at bay, using one arm to disrupt both.
So, when Golden Knights big-hitter Ryan Reaves claimed he was stronger than Byfuglien after Game 1, then went after him in Game 2, the result was about what you’d expect.
Guys, stop trying Byfuglien. For your own health.