Vaughn: Reaves getting bigger role

Vaughn: Reaves getting bigger role

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St. Louis Blues Brenden Morrow (L) and Ryan Reaves fight with San Jose Sharks Matt Pelech in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on October 15, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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by Doug Vaughn / News 4 Sports

KMOV.com

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 9:34 PM

 (HockeyStL) -- The Blues aren’t expecting a lot of goals from Ryan Reaves. Now in his fourth year in the NHL Reaves has never scored more than four goals in a season. Through 15 games of this season Reaves is getting more ice time than ever before, and he made the most of it in the win over the Penguins scoring his first goal of 2013.

“It’s always nice to chip in for the boys,” said Reaves. “You never know, I might heat up a little bit. But I have to make sure I keep these gloves. I can’t lose them.”

Reaves may have found a pair of lucky scoring gloves, but he’ll have to continue to be ready to drop those gloves when the need arises. He’s still the Blues primary enforcer. Reaves has racked up 50 penalty minutes already. He had 79 all of last year. Reaves traded punches with Pittsburgh’s Deryk Engelland exactly one second into the game. He said it wasn’t a case of having an old score to settle with Englelland, he just wanted to get his teammates fired up. 

Reaves said, “The game before I didn’t feel like I was involved, especially physically. I was trying to get the boys physically and emotionally into the game, so I took it upon myself to bring that emotion back up. Luckily I got the start and got it going early. That’s got to be my key, to make sure I’m invested physically every game.”

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