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Hendricks on fighting Bourque: “There’s consequences that you have to pay for actions”

Jan 19, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

You’ve been warned, NHL – the Washington Capitals are not to be trifled with. Mess with their best players and pay the price.

Just ask Rene Bourque, who was forced to answer the bell last night in Montreal for his Jan. 3 elbow that left Nicklas Backstrom sidelined.

OK, so Bourque hardly paid a massive price after Matt Hendricks challenged him to a fight. The decision actually went to Bourque.

But that’s not the point, Hendricks told CSNWashington.com: “There’s consequences that you have to pay for actions. He followed the code.”

In a related story, the Boston Bruins think the Washington Capitals are just adorable with their tough talk.

  1. baywatchboy - Jan 19, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    I give Hendricks props for stepping up. The Caps don’t have a designated enforcer.

    • jpelle82 - Jan 19, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      that was the problem in the first place…if they did, i doubt borque wouldve ran backstrom in the first place. “There’s consequences that you have to pay for actions.” funny Matt…you must be referring to the suspension right? i laughed out loud when this talk started the other day…figured hendricks would try…he honestly did better than i thought…i figured he would get destroyed.

      • drewsylvania - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:06 PM

        The Bruins had Shawn Thornton when Cooke ran Savard. Unless you’re just talking about Bourque.

      • jpelle82 - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:20 PM

        you right. i mean i look at the caps as a bunch of pushovers…half the team is european and their best defensman rides a scooter to work so its not like teams come in there with any sort of fear or respect like they would have going into boston. erskine will sit in the box for minors or play for 4 mins a game, knuble is old, brouwer seems unwilling, beagle has a glass jaw, ward is soft, laich is a pussy, and hendricks cant fight but at least he tries. there’s really no one on the roster that would raise an eyebrow even. ovechkin is probably the only one you have to look out for because he will hammer you but he wouldnt drop the gloves.

  2. polegojim - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    It’s not only about winning the fight, it’s about causing the guilty party to pay a price.

    Ask most who have ever fought off or on the ice…. sometimes even the ‘wins’ make you reconsider.

    THAT’s ‘The Code’.

  3. habsman - Jan 19, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Bourque knew what was coming and Hendricks deserves credit for backing a teamate. Hopefully Backstrom is back in the line up soon.

    • polegojim - Jan 19, 2012 at 7:46 PM

      Amen. Thats the point

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