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Gabriel explains why he fought Clifford in Sharks' OT win

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Sharks forward Kurtis Gabriel came into Monday night's game against the St. Louis Blues with two goals on his mind: A fight and a win. Mission accomplished. 

After having a heated discussion in front of the team benches before the game, Gabriel and Blues forward Kyle Clifford dropped gloves and started swinging just 2:35 into the first period of the Sharks' 3-2 overtime win at SAP Center.

Both players received five-minute fighting penalties.

Why was Gabriel so keen on throwing hands against the Blues? It sure sounds like payback for Blues goalie Jordan Binnington trying to fight multiple Sharks late last month.

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It's clear Gabriel isn't afraid to mix it up and defend his teammates no matter what. In Friday's game, Gabriel and Reaves fought just as the puck was being dropped for the start of the third period. The Sharks lost that game, but his fight sparked a fire for the Sharks on Monday, giving San Jose a much-needed win.