The Vegas Golden Knights, in their inaugural season in the NHL, have made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals, where they're currently facing off with the Winnipeg Jets and a very large human being named Daniel Byfuglien. The Knights appear to have two very distinct goals in this series: win it and put Byfuglien on the ice. Achieving the former remains to be seen. Achieving the latter, though, is off to a poor start.
Byfuglien stands 6-foot-5 and weighs a good 260 pounds, measurements that more closely resemble an NBA power forward, so you can imagine the problems the Golden Knights might run into trying to bring him down. You know, like this:
Try to hit Dustin Byfuglien at your own peril pic.twitter.com/22RHUrPKHl
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) May 13, 2018
Byfuglien has been doubling as a brick wall for the entirety of the playoffs. Look what he did to poor Joel Erikkson from the Minnesota Wild in the first round:
DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN DESTROYS JOEL ERIKSSON EK WITH AN ABSOLUTELY MASSIVE HIT! pic.twitter.com/uqJH7OMWFu
— NHL Daily 365 (@NHLDaily365) April 12, 2018
And here he is holding two Nashville Predators at bay, using one arm to disrupt both.
Dustin Byfuglien is a monster. Handling a Predator with each arm. pic.twitter.com/wowwbFihvX
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) April 30, 2018
So, when Golden Knights big-hitter Ryan Reaves claimed he was stronger than Byfuglien after Game 1, then went after him in Game 2, the result was about what you'd expect.
Ryan Reaves goes to hit Dustin Byfuglien and gets dropped pic.twitter.com/Suqa5uaqwd
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) May 15, 2018
Guys, stop trying Byfuglien. For your own health.