Westgarth and Simmonds on Nashville’s O’Brien

Many professional athletes have memories like elephants. They rarely forget key moments in a game, even many years down the road.

Some situations are more recent. Thus, they’re still fresh in the minds of the participants.

Case in point, Shane O’Brien took on Wayne Simmonds in game five of the Kings playoff series with Vancouver last spring. After the scrap, O’Brien (a heavyweight – 6’3″, 230 lbs) skated off while playing things up to the hometown crowd.

Some thought it was showboating. Others saw it as just part of the entertainment.

How about Simmonds (who is more like a UFC middleweight, listed at 183 lbs.)? Well, he’ll get to see O’Brien tonight when he shows up at Staples Center with his new team, the Nashville Predators. So, we picked up these exclusive comments…

MM:  After you fought O’Brien in the playoffs he did quite a bit of showboating to the home crowd.  Is that still in the back of your mind at all?

WS:  I think that’s kinda over with, that’s all done.  I’ve actually met Obie (O’Brien) and know he’s a good guy. I’ve talked to him a little bit and he apologized to me for that.  It’s all in the game.  He was probably just pumped up in front of those Vancouver fans.  We’ve settled the score already.  We fought, so it’s all good.

A guy you’re on a little more friendly terms with is Joel Ward, right?

Yeah, I know Wardo from back home (Toronto area).  He lives right around the corner from me.  We train together, we go out to lunch together quite a bit after workouts.  Him and O’Brien are probably the only two guys I know, but they have a good team.  They come to work every night.  You can never let up for a second against Nashville.  They’re a hard working team.

Kevin Westgarth, the Kings rookie enforcer (6’4″, 228 lbs.), had his own opinion on the O’Brien situation…

MM:  Are you aware of what happened between Simmonds and O’Brien in the playoffs, including the post-fight antics?

KW:  Yeah.  We usually have a pretty good idea of what’s going on (referring to him not being with the Kings last season).  Little things like that definitely stick in our mind.  O’Brien is a pretty respectful player.  You don’t really like to see that kinda crap.  But, he was trying to get his team going I guess.  So, I can at least appreciate where he’s coming from.  But, obviously, given that he’s on the other side, it doesn’t make me too happy.  But, they have a good squad and they have a couple tough guys too.  So, it should be a good game and I’m looking forward to it.

With zero fights as we enter the 13th game of the season – and coming off of Thursday’s physical game, in which he didn’t get to play, of course he’s ‘looking forward to it.’

Still needing to scratch that itch, Westgarth is probably hoping O’Brien will want to try picking on somebody a little more his size tonight.

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