A good hit can completely change the complexion of a game and shift momentum in a team's favor, much in the same way a good fight can.
On Monday, we highlighted the top 10 fights of the 2011-12 NHL regular season. Now, it's time to dive into which hits can claim to be the season's best, because one doesn't have to drop the gloves to send a message to the opposition.
A number of the hits include Bruins players. Sometimes they're the ones delivering the hits, while other times, they're on the receiving end; that's to be expected when you play such a rough-and-tough style.
Milan Lucic and Chris Neil are a couple of players who dished out crushing blows this season, which shouldn't be much of a surprise to those who've watch the duo play. However, there's some other names that might come as a bit of a surprise. And to the delight of many B's fans, P.K. Subban was the recipient of one of the year's most vicious hits.
So without further ado, here's the best of the best when it comes to this season's big hits.