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Capitals make Rene Bourque fight, but not quite pay

Jan 18, 2012, 8:33 PM EDT

There was some “residual” payment for Rene Bourque tonight, but it’s unlikely to satisfy many angry Washington Capitals fans. Matt Hendricks dropped the gloves with Bourque seconds after the Montreal Canadiens forwards stepped onto the ice tonight, but Bourque got the better of him:

As Sean Leahy points out in this screen cap, Bourque almost channeled Jake “The Snake” Roberts during the fight:


(On the bright side, Bourque hasn’t betrayed “The Ultimate Warrior.”)

Since we’re on the subject of video games tonight, it’s probably safe to say that the revenge Russian Machine Never Breaks provided is better than the one that happened in reality:

Then again, there’s still time for the Capitals to give him the old “punch-out” if they’re not satisfied with that first attempt, as there are still two periods to go.

Update: The Caps didn’t win that battle, but they won the game 3-0 thanks to some great work by Michal Neuvirth.

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  1. xxshookonexx - Jan 18, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Very “Drew Stafford-like” payback ability. Embarrassing. Was DJ King not available for one night?

  2. drewsylvania - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Hendricks should have taken his helmet off to force Bourque to do the same. Instead, he fights Bourque without a visor, while Bourque is wearing a visor.

    No surprise Bourque wouldn’t take his visor off.

    • habsman - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:30 PM

      You’re getting pretty high and mighty for a guy who supports a cheap shot, sucker punching team like the Bruins aren’t you Masters?

      • spokedjackets - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:40 PM

        Ha, what a homer. Already defending your newest Montreal hack.

      • drewsylvania - Jan 18, 2012 at 10:42 PM

        It’s already obvious that I, along with 99% of the net, are much higher, and more mighty, than you.

      • blkeskimo1785 - Jan 19, 2012 at 12:46 AM

        Give it a rest.

  3. banshee950 - Jan 19, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    as a long time B’s fan who’s endured the ups and downs, let me say to the Toronto and Ottawa fans that is great see the B’s on top with Leafs nipping at their heels and Sens lurking close behind. It’s looking to be a great stretch with some great rivals! lots of respect for those teams and their fans.
    @habsman its also sweet to see the habs in the basement looking sad and lost. face it, you can cry about the B’s all you want, but your team is small, impotant and irrelevent this year and so are you. Start acting like you repsresent a storied franchise instead of like a whiny little bitch.

  4. bcjim - Jan 19, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Caps are winning games by burying an absurdly high percent of an absurdly small number of chances. I think they had 17 SOG 17!!!

    That means they still have the finishing skill. They just need more chances… and its back to 09-10 again.

    They are already now in 1st in the SE.

    • emoser - Jan 19, 2012 at 9:35 AM

      1st in the Southeast isn’t saying much. They’d be no better than 3rd in any other division and 4th in many.

      • bcjim - Jan 19, 2012 at 10:37 AM

        Oh I agree but NHL standing are bunched up, as usual. The Blues, for example, are 27-12-6. The Caps are 25-18-2. 4 loser points and 2W’s vs L’s are the difference. Not much over 45 games.

        If I just showed you those records and said what do you think, Most would say, eh, about the same.

  5. dcfan4life - Jan 19, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Love how Hendricks went for the fight, but he isnt a true NHL fighter. Thats why he lost. But the Caps hit Bourque all night with every chance they could and he was useless. Thats more significant than a fight, a dominating win with just 17 SOGs.

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