Blues teammates Robert Bortuzzo, Zach Sanford fight at practice

Check this out as tensions boiled over at St. Louis Blues' practice with Robert Bortuzzo and Zach Sanford pummeling each other.

The St. Louis Blues have lost eight of their past 11 games, are near the bottom of the NHL standings, were embarrassed by the Vancouver Canucks Sunday, and frustrations boiled over at practice Monday.

Defenceman Robert Bortuzzo and forward Zach Sanford got into an altercation in front of a net during a drill at the iceZONE in St. Louis Outlet Mall in Hazelwood, Mo., and it resulted in a fight.

As you can see in the video at the top of the page, Bortuzzo, 29, cracked his teammate with three hard right hands before Sanford, 24, even dropped his gloves. The third shot appeared to stun the winger as coaching staff moved in to separate the two.

It’s unclear at this time what exactly sparked the quarrel, but Blues coaches and players downplayed the incident following practice.

“That happens. Guys are frustrated and they should be. So sometimes in practice it boils over and things happen,” Blues interim coach Craig Berube told reporters. “That’s what happens because they do care and they want to be successful and they want to win.”

Forward Pat Maroon rather enjoyed it.

“That’s part of hockey, right?” Maroon said. “We’re still teammates. Sometimes people get heated and frustrations build up. I love that stuff. I think it’s great. That’s me though. I don’t know if anyone else likes it.”

St. Louis will look to get back in the win column Tuesday when they host the Florida Panthers.

Only the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks had fewer points than the Blues heading into Monday’s slate of games.


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