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Ex-Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo draws ire of Boston fans with punch, wink

Jonathan Bombulie
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Boston Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) tries to stop St. Louis Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo, left, during the second period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Sunday, June 9, 2019, in St. Louis.

Former Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo has become a hated man among Boston sports fans.

In the waning moments of Sunday night’s 5-1 St. Louis Blues win over the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, Bortuzzo and forward Noal Acciari had words. Bortuzzo caught Acciari with a gloved punch to the chin, then gave a wink as he was being escorted off the ice.

Needless to say, this development was not received well by Bruins fans.

Physicality has always been a part of the 6-foot-4, 221-pound Bortuzzo’s game. He picked up 15 fighting majors in parts of four seasons with the Penguins from 2011-15.

He drew the ire of his old team when he injured Evgeni Malkin with a cross-check to the ribs earlier this season.

Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jonathan by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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