The cat and mouse game between the two head coaches was furious.
"They would change and then we would change and it was kind of back and forth for a couple games," Jay McClement recalled with a chuckle to TSN.ca. "I remember a couple times in Anaheim where it was almost comical."
Then a member of the Blues checking unit – where he played for six seasons – McClement was tasked by then-St. Louis coach Andy Murray to shut down the feared Anaheim duo of Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, managed of course in those days by current Leafs bench boss Randy Carlyle. Because both coaches were maniacal line matchers there was a good bit of chaos on the ice. Any time Perry and Getzlaf flew over the boards, McClement and his linemates would do the same. If the Ducks weapons jumped off, the St. Louis triumvirate would follow suit.