Finally he gets noticed, by his team, fans and even media. Nice article from Sun Media after his fisticuffs debut vs New Jersey
Let´s hope he at least dress vs the tougher teams now, he earned praise from his coach and teammates after the Devils-game.
Anthony Peluso earns more playing time with solid contribution for Winnipeg Jets
BY KEN WIEBE ,WINNIPEG SUN
FIRST POSTED: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2013 07:44 PM CST | UPDATED: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2013 09:02 PM CST
Winnipeg Jets right wing Anthony Peluso (L) fights with New Jersey Devils right wing Krys Barch in first period of their NHL hockey game in Newark, New Jersey, February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)
NEW YORK — This time, Anthony Peluso was the one receiving the invitation instead of handing it out. Regardless, he wasn’t about to refuse.
The Winnipeg Jets right-winger not only accepted the fight, Peluso ended up with a decisive victory, leaving New Jersey Devils tough guy Krys Barch with blood coming from the cut above his left eye on Sunday night.
Peluso had gone more than two months without a fight in a game, but showed no signs of rust.
“On my first shift, I got asked to go. I’m not going to ever say no, really. I’m always a gamer,” said Peluso, who dropped the gloves just 1:57 into the Jets 4-2 win over the Devils. “It happens in games. I just wanted to spark the boys. It was our third game in four nights. I just wanted to pump them up.
“I’m pretty sure everybody has been waiting for it in the room. It was nice to get the first one under my belt.”
The Jets close out a five-game road trip on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers.
Peluso was claimed off waivers from the St. Louis Blues on Jan. 16 and joined the team with the title as the toughest guy in the American Hockey League.
“It’s like starting all over again. I have to make a reputation for myself,” said Peluso. “Obviously, it’s not like starting from scratch, because the AHL is a tough league. There’s no doubt about it.”
After waiting patiently for an opportunity, Peluso’s NHL debut was a tough one as he spent more time in the penalty box than on ice ice, drawing two minor penalties, including one for holding after dropping his gloves with Philadelphia Flyers agitator Zac Rinaldo — who wasn’t interested in the match-up.
“I was a little bit more composed than last game,” said Peluso.
Following Sunday’s game, Peluso was bombarded with text messages and well wishes, many from a group of friends and family members who were watching the game on TV at Boston Pizza in King City, Ont., which is north of Toronto.
Peluso also got a vote of confidence from Jets head coach Claude Noel, who was impressed by more than just the fight itself.
“He was really solid,” said Noel. “I trusted his game. Besides the battle that he had, he was responsible, patient with the puck, put it in the right areas, his assignments were good in his team play. He did a real nice job.”
Peluso also did a nice job of sparking his teammates as the Jets scored 33 seconds after the scrap.
“It was awesome. Obviously, it’s tough for him to sit there and watch so many games. To get out there on his first shift and take on a tough guy like Barch, it really shows his character and gives us energy,” said Jets defenceman Zach Bogosian. “I played against him when I was in the OHL and I was younger. I always knew he could throw ‘em pretty good. But he showed he can handle himself at the NHL-level. It was great on his part. It’s a tough role to (play). He accepts it and he’s a good team guy.”
Peluso knows you can’t just win fights to earn a full-time job in the NHL, so he’d eventually like to blossom into a guy like Boston Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton, who provides toughness but contributes in other ways as well.
“He’s a guy who has worked on his game and it took a while for him to get a chance. Now he’s known around the league by everybody,” said Peluso. “I like the way he plays. He plays with a lot of energy, he does what he has to do for his teammates and he’s the best team guy.
“Nobody wants to be a one-dimensional guy, the more you can bring to the table, the better.”
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