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Parise blasts Blues: ‘They try to bully you around the ice’

St. Louis Blues v Minnesota Wild

ST. PAUL, MN - NOVEMBER 29: Zach Parise #11 of the Minnesota Wild and David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues collide during the game on November 29, 2014 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

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If you’re a fan of bitterness between two hockey teams, then perhaps you should root for a Minnesota Wild - St. Louis Blues playoff series.

Things got a little ugly at times in what was eventually a 4-3 shootout win for the Blues. For every pretty moment from the likes of Vladimir Tarasenko (another goal, plus the shootout clincher), there was a controversial moment.

Zach Parise vented about the Wild’s loss to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo, saying it was “frustrating not winning a game they felt they deserve.”

The real bulletin board material came when Parise addressed the Blues’ punishing ways, though.

“That’s their game. That’s what they try to do,” Parise told Russo. “They try to bully you around the ice. It’s a waste of time trying to get involved with that. It’s stupid.”

Jeez, Parise’s really speaking in bland cliches there, huh? If only he spoke his mind on this subject ...

The Wild play the Blues three more times this season, with the games being congested toward the end of the 2014-15 campaign (their next meeting is in St. Louis on March 14). Perhaps those hard feelings will dissipate by then. On the other hand, if significant playoff seeding is on the line, those games could be that much more interesting.

Here’s Tarasenko’s goal, in case you’re curious:

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