The Washington Capitals' game against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday could potentially be a sideshow to something Canadiens fans are doing before the game. Many Canadiens fans launched a Facebook campaign to stand outside the stadium in protest of the league not suspending Boston Bruins defensemen Zdeno Chara for viciously driving Canadiens defensemen Max Pacioretty's head into the boards. The protest is about the NHL's supposed soft stance on head injuries.â†µ
What does Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau think about this? He's not amused by the fans' protest. Via TSN:â†µ
â†µâ†µ"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.â†µ
Those are some strong words, of course. But Boudreau's central point was that this wouldn't have happened if it wasn't a Canadiens' player that got decked. Deadspin agrees, and so do we. Not to minimize the importance of preventing head injuries or the specific hit by Chara (which was out of line), but where were these fans when Marc Savard got decked or when Matt Cooke went on his cheap shot rampage?