The Capitals believe the Bruins are targeting Nicklas Backstrom’s head.
“Every scrum, Nicky comes out with no helmet on, he gets blockered to the head by [Tim] Thomas the game before. He’s protecting his head,” Dale Hunter said. “He just came off for 40 games. You have to protect your head.”
The Bruins believe they are not targeting Nicklas Backstrom’s head.
“That doesn’t make sense. I don’t know any coach that would tell his team to go after somebody’s head,” Claude Julien said. “It’s ludicrous; it’s ridiculous. Okay?”
“I don’t think we’re specifically targeting his head,” Cam Neely said. “I mean, I don’t think our guys have that makeup in them.”
And the Capitals, if you haven’t heard, believe the Bruins are targeting Nicklas Backstrom’s head.
“You’re right, I think they are targeting his head,” Matt Hendricks told an apoplectic Chad Dukes on Wednesday afternoon. “I’ve seen his helmet ripped off three, maybe four times already in this series. And it’s frustrating, but we’re not going to complain about the officials or anything like that, because that’s not our job, our job is to worry about winning hockey games.”
Then LaVar Arrington said the Caps should hit first, since the second party in usually gets busted. Hendricks sort of agreed.
“We’re not looking to get into a street brawl with these guys, because they’re a lot bigger than us,” he said. “A lot of their guys are a lot bigger than us, so we don’t want to get into that. We want to frustrate them by hitting them, finishing our checks on all their key players, their big guys. We’ve got to leave the stuff after the whistles. Things like that, we’ve just got to skate away, and hopefully they’re gonna get called for it.”
By the way, Capitals fans believe the Bruins are targeting Nicklas Backstrom’s head, while Bruins fans believe the Bruins are not targeting Nicklas Backstrom’s head.
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