Blues veteran agitator Steve Ott was in rare form Monday during Game 3 of St. Louis' first-round series against the Minnesota Wild – first, going after rookie defenseman Matt Dumba – who was on the bench and laughing at him – then engaging in some less-than legal activity late in the game against Marco Scandella and Jared Spurgeon.
Ott got into it with Dumba after missing a check on Minnesota's Jonas Brodin; it appears Dumba wasn't entirely innocent either (as he came over into his personal space, Dumba appeared to grab Ott), but the Blues winger didn't take kindly to it, faking a punch at him as Dumba burst into a wide grin: (vine via The Cauldron)
And with 58 seconds left in the third period and the game well in hand for the Wild (who went on to win 3-0), Ott decided to take on a couple more of them: he hit Scandella with a thunderous clean check, but followed that up with a hit to the back of Scandella's head, and finally tackled Spurgeon to the ice: (video via We All Bleed Redd)
Ott received a 10-minute misconduct on the play, and the 32-year-old will likely answer for his actions the next time he's on the ice. But given his history, he's just as likely to continue pushing the envelope – and occasionally, crossing the line.