Welcome to Julylights, a month long series taking the top plays of the '11-'12 season and giving them to you one a day, every day of the month of July.
The St. Louis Blues play a defense first, tight checking style of hockey. They had the top goalie tandem in the league last seasaon which would tear down their opponents mentally, and they would hit just about everything that moved which would tear down their opponents physically, a lethal combination.
In some cases they were the ones being hit, and they still knocked over their opponent.
That exact scenario happened when Dmitry Kulikov of the Florida Panthers stepped up on Patrik Berglund along the sideboards in a game early last season. (Video after the jump)
Berglund, a big 6' 4" center, came around the top of the circles with his head down. Kulikov did the thing any sensible defenseman would do, step up. Unfortunately for Kulikov, Berglund dropped his shoulder and plowed through the Panthers d-man.
Kulikov must have been quite embarrassed after this all unfolded, nothing hurts the ego more than going in for a hit and you being the one that hits the ice.