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Rene Bourque to talk with Shanahan over elbowing Nicklas Backstrom

Jan 4, 2012, 10:12 AM EDT

Rene Bourque is doing a good job of getting the attention of Brendan Shanahan this season.

Bourque’s already been suspended for two games this year for a hit on Brent Seabrook and now he’ll get to talk with Shanahan again for delivering an elbow to the head of Caps forward Nicklas Backstrom.

Halfway through the third period of the Caps’ 3-1 win over Calgary, Backstrom carried the puck through the neutral zone. Bourque stepped up to deliver a hit on Backstrom and rather than trying to hit him with the body, Bourque aimed high and caught Backstrom around the head. Backstrom was unhurt on the play and Bourque received a minor penalty for elbowing.

Considering that Bourque’s previous suspension occurred just over two weeks ago, don’t expect Shanahan to be very lenient in this case. After all, if you just got punished for delivering a dirty hit and come back just a few games later and do it all over again, you should smacked harder.

In this case, Bourque gunning for Backstrom’s head as the point of contact will ensure that Shanahan acts strongly. Here’s rather crude video of the hit in question for you to judge for yourself.

  1. polegojim - Jan 4, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Foolish kid – blatant and obviously intended to do exactly that!

    He surely doesn’t have Daddy’s head for the game.

    Bye Rene – enjoy 3 more games off. Well deserved.

    • davebabychreturns - Jan 4, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      Daddy was an oil worker in Ft. McMurray.. Ray Bourque’s kid plays in the QMJHL.

      • bcjim - Jan 4, 2012 at 12:36 PM

        Or KHL depending on what kid you’re talking about. Chis is Capitals property actually, currently in Russia, basically a good minor leaguer, fringe NHL player.

  2. govtminion - Jan 4, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Ugly hit- I watched the game last night after I got home from work, as soon as he did that I told the better half that he’d be getting a suspension for the hit. No question.

  3. hague507 - Jan 4, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    10 games should be about right.

  4. galahadpa - Jan 4, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Rene Bourque is NOT Related to Raymond Bourque. Ray’s son is Chris Bourque.

  5. neelymessier - Jan 4, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Without the previous suspension he might not even be suspended. It was a garden variety elbow, a minor, and not delivered with “take your head off” intent. I seriously doubt that is worth 10 games, if so the entire season is worth a million years.

  6. bossyrossy - Jan 4, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Not so sure about the “Backstrom unhurt” part. I think he took one more shift and then left for the game and The Washington Post is reporting he is undergoing concussion tests.

  7. neelymessier - Jan 4, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Backstrom has history of migraines. Even D. Hunter is saying he’s fine. I’m sure once Shanahan rules he will miraculously recover.

    • flavadave10 - Jan 4, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      Backstrom’s only out “day-to-day”? Haven’t we heard this not too long ago? *cough cough Mike Green cough cough*

      • dougr42 - Jan 4, 2012 at 4:34 PM

        day to day only means concussion in Philly where the calf is connected to the groin and having a virus can require knee surgery.

  8. neelymessier - Jan 4, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    The dude had an MRI. What is a concussion? Bleeding in the brain from the brain hitting his skull. He had an MRI and it’s “inconclusive”? Then there was a spec at most, they can’t even confirm that. They sat him down, not at his request, but he has a history of migraines and leaving games early. If he has a concussion, then anyone who has ever been socked in the jaw has a concussion. Get real. He’l be back in no time.

    • flavadave10 - Jan 4, 2012 at 9:34 PM

      The effects of a concussion don’t always hit you right away. It can take up to a few days. What’s worse is if you start playing before you have recovered from a concussion and you suffer another concussion, it can kill you. So forgive the Capitals for actually doing the common sense thing, and forgive the NHL for trying to save players’ brains.

      Also, Backstrom does not have a history of leaving games early. He probably will be back in no time. But the point has to be made that you can NEVER do cheap crap like what Bourque did. Backstrom is extremely lucky.

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