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Capitals’ Brouwer: ‘I pride myself on being an honest player’

Oct 17, 2013, 12:32 AM EDT

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Washington Capitals forward Troy Brouwer maintains he was trying to avoid Derek Stepan during a third-period collision between the two that sent the New York Rangers forward to the ice.

The collision occurred in the neutral zone as the Capitals were moving the puck up the ice early in the third period of Wednesday’s game.

Brouwer was cutting across the ice when he collided into the back of Stepan, as Stepan was backing through the neutral zone. (Click here to see the video)

It was reported after the game that Stepan, visibly shaken up on the play, had to go through the concussion protocol. He left the game, but returned later.

“I pride myself on being an honest player and tried to get out of the way,” said Brouwer, as reported by Katie Carrera of The Washington Post.

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault wasn’t buying it.

“The referee said that it was accidental contact and…I just looked at the replay there. If he (Brouwer) couldn’t see him (Stepan) there, I don’t know what else he was looking at,” Vigneault told reporters afterward.

“Obviously the principle point of contact was the head, so, we’ll see.”

  1. joey4id - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    He’s either lying or he’s blind. He had about 25 feet of ice between him and Stepan, which was directly in front of him. Never broke his stride or remotely tried to avoid Stepan.

    • cdalton2690 - Oct 17, 2013 at 8:12 AM

      That means Stepan had 25 feet to see Brouwer coming right? This was pure accident, Brouwer is a clean player and I am sure he didn’t mean for this to happen. Other players I would think so but Brouwer is as clean as they come, a physical player yes, but not a cheap shot artist. Thankfully Stepan is ok.

      • joey4id - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:37 AM

        How can Stepan avoid Brouwer when Brouwer is coming from the blind side? Was Stepan in Brouwer’s line of sight? Which of the two players was not skating backwards? Which player was in front of the other player? I’m not saying he should be suspended. But! Don’t BS. As for your comment about Stepan avoiding Brouwer, it’s childish and grade school quality.

    • withseidelinn - Oct 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      I agree the whole “I never saw him” argument is a bit of a stretch. In the video you can see Brouwer’s head facing where Stepan is.

      • joey4id - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        ;-)

  2. 950003cups - Oct 17, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Or he was watching the puck. Which is exactly what he was doing. He won’t even get a hearing.

    • fivetozeroingame7 - Oct 17, 2013 at 7:09 AM

      Last night reminded me of May. And the May before that. Thanks, Caps fans, for almost ruining this country by the way.

      #Washingtonwillalwaysbeinferior.

      • jaguar0413 - Oct 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        Oh right, I forgot. New York had nothing to do with the last six years of recession. Give me a break.

      • jaguar0413 - Oct 17, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        Also it’s really funny that you only became a Rangers fan two years ago. Are you completely unaware of the Rags’ pitiful, century long playoff record. I’ll give you guys credit, you did rent half of the 1980s Oilers so you could win one cup. Good job.

        At least Caps fans know we have no storied history since we were an expansion team. You guys pretend that since you were an Original Six that you are as good as the B’s, Hawks and Wings. You’re worse than the Flyers, Devils and Islanders. Deal with it.

  3. 7mantel - Oct 17, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    If it was accidental then it would be body to body and not a head shot I would think .

  4. 7mantel - Oct 17, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    head down, kind of blindsided a little bit. Those kind of hits are tough. It’s almost like a hit from behind – in the same category as that. Troy’ s quote from his Backhawk days !

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