Ryan Reaves rarely receives the credit he deserves. Fans may view him as a fighter or the team's enforcer, but he has proven over the last two seasons that he's much more than that. He's competent with the puck, a strong skater and intelligent when it comes to playing the game of hockey.
Reaves put all of his best attributes on display Thursday night in a 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames. He scored two goals, engaged in a memorable fight and threw plenty of big hits in what might have been the best game of his young career.
Let's start with his first goal of the night.
The fourth line has been playing some exceptional hockey. They trap the opponent in their own end, cycle the puck and create chance after chance while wearing down opposing defenders. Here they get the puck in deep before Reaves collects the puck and snipes one into the left side of the net.
For his second goal (pictured above), the fourth line again got the puck in deep and outworked the C...