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Boudreau Speaks-Out On Protest By Montreal Fans

from TSN,

Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau has a message for the group of protestors who are headed to the Bell Centre for Tuesday night’s Capitals game against the Canadiens to protest head shots in the NHL.

“You don’t like it, don’t come to the games,” Boudreau told the assembled media at the Capitals’ pre-game skate on Tuesday morning.

The protest began on Mar. 9 when Canadiens fans - irate at the lack of a suspension for Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara after he drove forward Max Pacioretty’s head into a stanchion - launched a Facebook campaign to gather outside the arena. The online petition had over 1,500 signatures as of Tuesday morning.

Boudreau - who has demonstrated that he has no fear on speaking his mind - also said that if situations were reversed, that the incident would have already been forgotten.

“Listen, I don’t want to get into any controversy,” he said. “But if that was Hal Gill that hit David Krejci, I don’t think there’d be a protest going on here tonight.”

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Its about time some voice of reason!

Posted by Bam Bam Cam from Bruins Country on 03/15/11 at 02:54 PM ET

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Seriously.  +1 to Bruce

Posted by huzzah on 03/15/11 at 02:58 PM ET

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So Bruce Boudreau has pretty much given up his right to complain about anything ever or else he’s a complete hypocrite.

Certainly he’ll heed his own words and never complain about an injury again to one of his own players.

Open season on Ovie, folks. Take your best shot. And if Boudreau doesn’t like it, he can stop coming to games.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 03/15/11 at 03:00 PM ET

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^^^^^^  Douche ^^^^^

Posted by wideman on 03/15/11 at 03:01 PM ET

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How can you compare fans and a coach?  Boudreau was exactly right in what he said, and he does and will have a right to talk about injuries to his players - because they are HIS players.  He is a part of the NHL and his words should be heeded.  Fans are just that, it is great they are so passionate - I wish more were, but I also wish they were more passionate about the game itself and not just the “bad” things that happen.

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 03/15/11 at 03:04 PM ET

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How can you compare fans and a coach?

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 03/15/11 at 01:04 PM ET

You’re right. There is no comparison. Fans are a hell of a lot more important than coaches. They’re the revenue generators.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 03/15/11 at 03:07 PM ET

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but I also wish they were more passionate about the game itself and not just the “bad” things that happen.

Too bad they aren’t as passionate as the coach who doesn’t care about protecting his own players, right?

Posted by Garth on 03/15/11 at 03:11 PM ET

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I have to agree with Mandingo here.  I am really not sure what Bruce B. gains by even commenting on this subject.  This whole thing has nothing to do with the capitals.  It is not like he is held in such high esteem within hockey circles that his voice is actually considered a voice of significance or reason.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 03/15/11 at 03:21 PM ET

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I will never cease to be amazed at how most fan’s reaction to being told to f*ck off by management, coaches, and players is “Yeah! More power to you! I should f*ck off!”

F*cking bootlickers.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 03/15/11 at 03:23 PM ET

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Bruce, Bruce… listen up. It’s really very simple. We love the game. LOVE it. Those folks protesting at the Bell Centre? They love the game. But they love a game of skill, talent, and fast-paced action. They don’t love a game that subjects its players to needless risk.

Bruce, I’m sorry if you want to exile me and my hockey fandom, but I’m not ready to give up just yet. Go ahead, tell the protesters, and Air Canada, and Via Rail, to get lost. You go on protecting your game further into the margins of the sports world.

Posted by jvwalt on 03/15/11 at 03:30 PM ET

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I think he is right…No one in Montreal protested when Matt Cooke laid out Savard….so his point is…dont let your love of the Habs get you going overboard.  It’ part of the game, and the NHL will look at it and try to fix it. 

Now…as a Caps fan, I think Bruce could of just let it go…...

Posted by SA-Town on 03/15/11 at 03:37 PM ET

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@ Mandingo—- Stop whining you yuppie.  Hockey is a tough sport.  Players and coaches know that.  If you don’t like it, piss off.

Posted by Sig from DC on 03/15/11 at 03:38 PM ET

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By the way, I think we’re ALL for getting targeted headshots out of the game.  But a ton of these headshots are incidental.  And the setup of our rule system PROTECTS the rats/agitators of this game.  And those are the players that are usually the ones targeting the head.  I also think a lot of fans that haven’t played the game simply don’t realize how fast-paced the game is when playing it.  Those aren’t robots out there.  They don’t have switches that turn off/on instantaneously.

Posted by Sig from DC on 03/15/11 at 03:41 PM ET

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‘Listen, I don’t want to get into any controversy’

^(possibly the least true statement ever uttered by a human being.)^

“,,, if that was Hal Gill that hit David Krejci, I don’t think there’d be a protest going on here tonight.”

^(while not the most true statement ever, certainly a legitimate point)^

“You don’t like it, don’t come to the games,”

^(Doesn’t really fall nicely on the true/false spectrum, but definitely registers on the *#$%@& index)^

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 03/15/11 at 03:41 PM ET

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I think protesting in front of a game is a pretty hard first step towards the “if you don’t like it, don’t come to the games” advice that Boudreau was so quick to hand out dismissively.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/15/11 at 04:08 PM ET

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By the way, Monteal easily has the yuppiest sports fans.  So it’s no surprise this is happening here.  And an online petition of 1500 signatures is a pathetic response that shouldn’t even be reported.  Nor should this protest that will turn out to be nothing.

And JJ, when the game starts, most of them will drop their signs and come inside earing their NHL apparel and buy food and drinks.

Posted by Sig from DC on 03/15/11 at 04:20 PM ET

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Sig from DC is extremely obsessed with yuppies.

Posted by Link_Gaetz on 03/15/11 at 04:50 PM ET

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Missing Link—- As a proponent of fighting in hockey, I’m just glad that they reported only a mere 8% of concussions occur from fighting. 

I spit up my Cheerios the other morning when I saw Damien Cox of all people reporting that!

Posted by Sig from DC on 03/15/11 at 05:04 PM ET

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This is what the NHL needs - people telling fans to not show up. Way to go.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 03/15/11 at 05:13 PM ET

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Fans are fans, Bruce.  Let it go.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 03/15/11 at 05:22 PM ET

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And JJ, when the game starts, most of them will drop their signs and come inside earing their NHL apparel and buy food and drinks.

Hey, if the fans in Montreal want to do the sports fandom equivalent of buying carbon credits, then that’s their prerogative.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re wrong or that their passion is misguided.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/15/11 at 05:26 PM ET

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JJ - Their passion is misguided though.  The biggest cause of concussion is accidents.  It’s not intentional hits.  So what are they protesting?  They might as well take their signs to NASCAR events and protest crashes.  Yuppie fans always call for increased penalties.  How about enhancing helmet technology?  When Dale Earnhardt was killed, they created the HANS Device.  They didn’t pick up signs and protest NASCAR events and scream for point deductions for causing accidents.  These fans should stop whining and attempting to pussify a game rich with tradition and come up with real solutions.

Posted by Sig from DC on 03/15/11 at 05:35 PM ET

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Yes, the biggest cause of concussions is accidents - they don’t believe an accident caused the concussion to Pacioretty.  I happen to disagree with them on that particular point, but that doesn’t mean I think they’re anger is completely misguided.

The biggest cause of death is not murder, but we still strive to eliminate that, right?

As for helmet technology, I think you’ll find a lot of discussion all over the place about that.  I think most professionals would tell you that, while helmets prevent as much as they can, there is no such thing as a concussion-proof helmet, since the brain bucket can do very little to prevent the organ from slamming the inside of the skull in whiplash-like collisions.

Bottom line is that I disagree with the fans who think Chara should have been suspended, but Bruce Boudreau isn’t helping anything by running off at the mouth about this idea.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/15/11 at 05:49 PM ET

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I will never cease to be amazed at how most fan’s reaction to being told to f*ck off by management, coaches, and players is “Yeah! More power to you! I should f*ck off!”

F*cking bootlickers.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 03/15/11 at 01:23 PM ET

this.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 03/15/11 at 06:16 PM ET

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I would love it if the fans actually DID stop going to the games.

how quickly Bruce would be trying to get them to come back, when he realizes where the money comes from for his paychecks.

what an idiot.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 03/15/11 at 06:18 PM ET

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The biggest cause of concussion is accidents.  It’s not intentional hits.  So what are they protesting? 

they’re protesting head shots, not concussions.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 03/15/11 at 06:20 PM ET

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Even the accidental ones?  Like Steckel on Sid?  And (according the NHL) Chara on Pacioretty? 

That makes sense… good times.

Posted by Sig from DC on 03/15/11 at 07:50 PM ET

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Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 03/15/11 at 01:00 PM ET

Five periods of Auto Shop (and one of PE) senior year are shining through…

Posted by Unicorn Force from DC (but like everyone here, I'm not a local) on 03/15/11 at 08:36 PM ET

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Posted by Unicorn Force from DC (but like everyone here, I’m not a local) on 03/15/11 at 06:36 PM ET

Maybe one day you can actually add something to the conversation, but that’s probably a little too much to hope for.

Anyway, Boudreau’s right.  Boston fans had no problem with Chara’s legal but unnecessary hit, but Cooke/Savard, another legal and unnecessary hit, they can’t let go of.  Fans of all teams are like that.  However, he could have just let this one go, but he doesn’t seem the type to think things through before acting.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 03/15/11 at 09:01 PM ET

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Keep in mind these are the same fans who jammed up the police switchboard with complaints about the hit.

Posted by BetterThanYou on 03/15/11 at 09:06 PM ET

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Cooke/Savard, another legal and unnecessary hit

legal?  seriously?

you think elbowing someone in the head is legal?

wow.

just because the league is the worst in professional sports at making determinations in this case, has no bearing on whether it was ACTUALLY legal or not.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 03/16/11 at 11:43 AM ET

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