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Your moment of anti-zen: Bask in Guy Boucher’s glorious rage

May 20, 2011, 2:40 AM EDT

Guy Boucher AP

While I can’t speak from experience, being a head coach for a professional sports team certainly seems like a high-pressure job. It’s especially the case in the NHL, where every coach not named Barry Trotz or Lindy Ruff enjoys job “security” that would fail to impress a temp. (Not to mention the fact that hockey games often come down to lucky bounces and isolated errors.)

By just about all accounts, Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher seems like a keeper. After the jaw-dropping flop that was the aborted Barry Melrose era and the not-much-better days of Rich Tocchet, Boucher deserves just as much credit as GM Steve Yzerman for the team’s march toward competency.

Despite the franchise’s noted disinterest in employing enforcers, Boucher still demands respect and … yes, maybe a bit of fear. He looks like a guy who can “take care of himself” even before you notice that spectacular (and mysterious?) scar on his face. Normally the coach is calm, calculated and quotable during press conferences, but a truly special moment happened in Game 3.

Boucher just flat-out lost it when Marc-Andre Bergeron received an unwarranted elbowing penalty after landing a big hit on David Krejci. Here’s a video clip of the hit, with a brief glimpse of Boucher’s reaction.

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To be fair to Boucher, his anger was justifiable. It was a bad call that had the potential to put the Lightning in an early 2-0 hole against the Boston Bruins. Thankfully, the situation didn’t get any uglier since Tampa Bay killed the penalty, so we can look back at that bad call as a source of comedy beyond anything else.

For a much longer and better look at Boucher’s festival of robust rage, enjoy this GIF of Boucher’s tirade from James Mirtle. (I’m not sure I’d say it’s “NSFW” unless everyone reads Boucher’s lips …)

Also, since we’re feeling generous, here are two more photos of Boucher’s angry reaction. (All photos via Chris O’Meara of The Associated Press.)

(Custom PHT caption: Boucher probably says a bad word.)

(Custom PHT caption: Boucher goes to the replay to further display is displeasure.)

  1. dmacirish - May 20, 2011 at 7:51 AM

    there was absolutely nothing wrong with the hit. I agree that since they didn’t get a goal the score didn’t change but I would argue that the penalty changed the game. a good hit like that can spark energy in a team, a good effort by one particular player can look to get all on board (ie headline on front of nbcsports.com “monster dunk helps win game”). the refs made a call which changed the game, there is no arguing with that.

  2. govtminion - May 20, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    I’m even a diehard B’s fan and I thought he had every right to be furious. A hard hit, yes… and that’s perfectly legal. No elbow came up until well after the hit had ended, and it never touched the Bruins player. Crappy call- but, luckily for the Lightning, they were playing Boston, so there wasn’t much thread of giving up a power play goal anyway.

  3. sippindasyzurp - May 20, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Being a former referee at the junior hockey level, those kind of hits look great in real time for the fans, but as a referee you gotta make split decisions… With the panic about head shots in the game today and the “weasel” sitting in the stands, it’s almost a no brainer that these guys are going to call something…. Its unfortunate because those are some of the most entertaining hits in hockey.

  4. deepthreat - May 20, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Bruins fan here… the penalty was the referees reacting to the result and not the actual hit.
    Happens more often than it should – even in a blazingly fast league like the NHL.
    Do I think Bergeron was trying to hurt Krejci ? Yes. Was it legal ? Yes.

    And how about we get an animated GIF of the babe in the stands behind Julien ?

  5. truthseekerone - May 21, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    If I’d been GB I’d lost it many times even worst than that considering all the bad calls against the Lightning.
    The Bolts were the least penalised this past season to the most penalised in the playoffs playing the same way. Makes you wonder??
    Proof’s in the pudding.

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