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FIVE FOR FIGHTING
MICHAEL FARBER
October 13, 2008
Which tough guy do you want on your side?
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October 13, 2008

Five For Fighting

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Which tough guy do you want on your side?

SI insider Pierre McGuire rates the NHL's most effective pugilists

1. GEORGES LARAQUE, Canadiens
Vitals: 6'3", 255 pounds, 31 years old.
The most feared and respected fighter in the league. He's got amazing punching power, and no player is better at settling down a chippy game simply with his on-ice presence.

2. ZDENO CHARA, Bruins
Vitals: 6'9", 251, 31.
The mammoth defenseman (right, in black) plays more than 26 minutes per game, and when he gets angry, look out. His reach and hand strength help him dominate opponents. He also has a vicious uppercut.

3. DEREK BOOGAARD, Wild
Vitals: 6'7", 258, 26.
He's nicknamed the Boogey Man for a reason, and it's not because opponents fear his scoring ability. He has two goals in three seasons. Boogaard is one of the largest fighters in the league, and his only weakness is that he lacks a little balance.

4. DONALD BRASHEAR, Capitals
Vitals: 6'2", 235, 36.
He begins the intimidation process with one of the NHL's most fearsome glares. This veteran understands all the nuances of his role, and he knows when to spring into action as well as any other tough guy in the game.

5. DANIEL CARCILLO, Coyotes
Vitals: 6-feet, 205, 23.
Fearless and routinely playing on the edge, he may be the most unpredictable player in the NHL. Carcillo's league-high 324 penalty minutes last season stemmed mainly from fighting infractions. He can also play, scoring 24 points and going +1 in 57 games.

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