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Frozen Fisticuffs Fight Of The Night — Hendricks vs. Bourque — 1/18/12
Earlier in the season while playing for the Calgary Flames, Rene Bourque delivered a dirty elbow to the head of Nicklas Backstrom, which has kept the Caps’ forward out of the Washington line-up for the past couple of weeks due to a concussion. The NHL came down hard on Bourque, handing him a five-game suspension for the hit, but that didn’t seem to satisfy the Caps players, who figured that they would have to wait an entire season before getting to see Bourque and the Flames again.
One week ago Bourque was traded to the Montreal Canadiens, and that meant the Caps would have their shot at redemption when they visited the Bell Centre last night. Matt Hendricks was the first Washington player to step up to the plate, and while he may not have sent much of a message, or exacted any sort of revenge on Bourque, he was able to earn himself a spot on the “Frozen Fisticuffs Fight of the Night” for Wednesday, January 18, 2012.