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Washington might have unfinished business with Rene Bourque

Feb 2, 2012, 3:19 PM EDT

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Retribution Part II?

That could be the theme of Saturday’s Washington-Montreal game as Rene Bourque — who concussed Nicklas Backstrom with an elbow back on Jan. 3 — appears to be in the Capitals’ crosshairs once again.

Bourque fought (and beat) Matt Hendricks last time the two teams met, but now Washington has a legitimate enforcer in the lineup — Joel Rechlicz, recalled from AHL Hershey on Monday.

The timing of Rechlicz’s promotion was intriguing. So too were his comments about Bourque’s hit on Backstrom.

“Yeah, I heard it was a cheap shot,” Rechlicz told the Washington Post. “Hopefully I’m in the lineup for that game.”

Rechlicz is 6-foot-4, 230 lbs and led the AHL with 184 penalty minutes this year, fighting 12 times in 27 games. In his two games with Washington he’s yet to find a dance partner — possibly because he only played 1:49 against Tampa and 2:37 against Florida — though it wasn’t for a lack of trying. He asked Panthers’ enforcer Krys Barch to go but Barch declined, given his squad was leading on the scoreboard.

That said, Rechlicz doesn’t sound like he’ll let one rejection get him down.

I’m just going to go get my checks and if I’ve got to run a guy through the glass, force him to fight, that’s what you’ve got to do,” he said.

  1. jpelle82 - Feb 2, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    good luck getting bourque to fight again…especially with a designated thug. he wont see any minutes against the first line and is probably not going to even get a chance to check bourque much less fight him. what a waste of a roster spot…

    • dipthatchip - Feb 2, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      Couldn’t agree more. Absolutely no reason to call him up

    • yettyskills - Feb 2, 2012 at 8:03 PM

      Then Bourque is going to have to turtle and/or punk or like Steve Moore and take the beating that is coming to him.

      Which it is
      So either he can pull a Subban/Moore and punk out or take what’s coming to him and defend himself and let it be over.

  2. seanp703 - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Atta boy Joel. I hope you destroy him.

  3. solador78 - Feb 2, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Washington also has unfinished business with the war of 1812.

  4. taytay099 - Feb 2, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    This really reminds me of when Steve Moore knocked out Naslund with an elbow to the head. There was a lot of talk about how much of a piece of crap Moore was and how he was going to get destroyed. Moore fought Cooke and that should have been enough, but we all know what happened. Really would hate to see Bourque get hurt badly because of this. Can’t justify a cheap shot on someone because of a previous cheap shot.

    • yettyskills - Feb 2, 2012 at 8:07 PM

      Moore just needed to confront Bert rather than chirp and try to run away like the punk he was, nobody is giving any cheap shots if he just sacks up and drops them and give his best.
      Cheap shots these players give and then running away from the consequences gets them whatever is coming to them, for Moore it was a busted neck. Oh well. Should have threw the gloves off and punched Bert in the face.

      • habsman - Feb 2, 2012 at 9:59 PM

        Sorry yetty, your wrong on this.

        I remember this game. They were after Moore all game for the hit on Naslund in the previous meeting. And Moore did in fact drop the gloves (not sure who, think it was Cooke). The problem was, Moore actually won the fight. So Crawford, Burke and Bertuzzi didn’t get their “pound of flesh.” When the game got out of hand (I believe the Avs went up by 3-4 goals) thats when things got nasty. Crawford sent Bertuzzi out late in the third to get Moore. Moore refused to fight (Bertuzzi out weighed him by at least 30 pounds). Thats when Bertuzzi chased him down the ice and cowardly attacked him from behind. The thing that sticks with me was the smirk on Crawfords face when Moore was carted off on a stretcher. The incident is still a stain on the NHL to this day. Moore’s life was ruined while Bertuzzi took the fall for both Burke and Crawford. It was a shameful episode for the league.

  5. murtdurt - Feb 2, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Another classy move by hunter and McPhee. Sounds like they have their priorities out of line compared to the rest of the league…but hey what else is knew

  6. xxshookonexx - Feb 3, 2012 at 6:22 AM

    Bourque answered the bell the first time, he doesn’t need to again. It’s not his fault no one on the Caps can fight

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