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Cunneyworth hopes Caps don’t do anything “residual” to Bourque

Jan 18, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

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Tonight, Rene Bourque will face the Washington Capitals for the first time since concussing Nicklas Backstrom with an elbow.

It’s the rematch nobody expected. Bourque delivered the hit while playing for the Flames and Washington wasn’t scheduled to face Calgary again this year — but when Montreal acquired Bourque for Mike Cammalleri last week, the stars and moons aligned for potential frontier justice.

Not that Canadiens coach Randy Cunneyworth wants any part of it.

“Hopefully, there’s nothing residual,” Cunneyworth told the Montreal Gazette. “[Bourque] paid his price and we hope there isn’t going to be anything residual and, if there is, then we have to be disciplined and let the refs take care of it.

“He has to focus on what he does and that’s play at both ends.”

Cunneyworth’s quotes are all fine and dandy, but let’s be real — it’s very likely Bourque’s focus will be on a swarm of angry Caps. Prior to the Montreal-Calgary deal, Washington forward Troy Brouwer lamented the fact he and his mates wouldn’t get another shot at Bourque while John Erskine, Jay Beagle and Alex Ovechkin also expressed anger at watching Backstrom, their leading scorer, get knocked out of the lineup

In a related story, Caps head coach Dale Hunter has re-inserted Erskine into the lineup for tonight’s affair — the first time Erskine has dressed in five games.

If that wasn’t a strong enough message, consider what forward Joel Ward told the Washington Post today.

“Guys are going to be playing pretty hard, especially against [Bourque],” Ward said. “Let him know that what he did, we thought was a pretty cheap shot.”

  1. davebabychreturns - Jan 18, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Um, Mssr. Cunneyworth – en francais, s’il vous plait?

    • elvispocomo - Jan 18, 2012 at 5:14 PM

      Je ne sais pas que tu dit.

  2. drewsylvania - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    This is what happens when you acquire players like this.

    Bourque should get what’s coming to him. While they’re at it, they could make some friends by torching Subban as well.

    • odj810 - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      i will guarantee you noone will have his back as he’s getting jumped tonite

      • drewsylvania - Jan 18, 2012 at 4:39 PM

        That would be amusing.

    • habsman - Jan 18, 2012 at 5:31 PM

      drewsylvania, aka masters asshole.

      Hows that degree going for you? Shouldn’t you be more concerned with your sucker punching Bruins?

      • drewsylvania - Jan 18, 2012 at 5:46 PM

        Since you’re stalking me…You’d never say that to my face.

      • habsman - Jan 18, 2012 at 6:02 PM

        Yes I would.

        BTW, back to your statement…”I have a masters asshole…” Some clarification please.

        Is this some kind of physical anomaly? It sounds painful. Or are you simply making a boast? I asked a friend of mine, who’s a doctor, but he had not heard of it.

        If however you were bragging about earning some sort of degree, as in Master of Asshole, this begs a couple more questions.

        Where did you earn this degree? Did your finish near the top of your class? Is it a course taught exclusively by Bruin fans? Are you going for your doctorate?

        Please share your information. I’m sure there are thousands of Bruin fans who would meet the minimum requirements for enrolment.

      • drewsylvania - Jan 18, 2012 at 6:30 PM

        Then you’d be stupid to do so.

      • blkeskimo1785 - Jan 18, 2012 at 6:58 PM

        I’m glad some Habs fans have more sense than most. This situation is not that case.

  3. drewsylvania - Jan 18, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    This place needs a “report user” button.

    • danphipps01 - Jan 18, 2012 at 6:59 PM

      Don’t do it! He’ll file a police report against you! D:

  4. farvefromover - Jan 18, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Backstrom is still paying for Bourque’s hit, why shouldn’t Bourque continue to pay? I hope he gets his face broken tonight

  5. istallion - Jan 18, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    I wonder why Erskine is playing tonight? Duhhhh

  6. drewsylvania - Jan 18, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Hendricks fought Bourque, but I didn’t see it. How did it go?

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