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ANIMATED: Braden Holtby And Rich Peverley Get Physical

This GIF sums up just about everything that's made this series so much fun for the neutral. There's been physical play, goalies sticking up for themselves, and a fair few attempts at gamesmanship and intimidation.

Our favorite part of this GIF is Holtby's ice-cold staredown of Rich Peverley as the Boston man rounds on him. It's less "I didn't do it," and more "Yeah, I did it, what do you want to do about it?"

Peverley's response: a good, old-fashioned fake slash, just to see if the young netminder blinks. For what it's worth, we didn't see one.


This angle looks pretty good, too.


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