Haggerty With Toucher & Rich: Caps Are ‘Poking The Bear’
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After two tightly played games by the Bruins and Capitals, things really opened up offensively Monday night in Washington. The Bruins and Capitals went toe-to-toe in Game 3, with Boston coming out on top 4-3 to take a 2-1 series lead.
CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty spoke with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich about all the penalties in the game (there were 16 of them), some possible flopping by Brad Marchand, and using hatred as fuel.
Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom received a match penalty after he crosschecked Rich Peverley in the face after the final horn sounded. What’s the feeling around the press room? Will Backstrom receiver the game-suspension that goes with the penalty, or will Brendan Shanahan let him off the hook?
“I think if you look at the evidence — if you look at what’s going on — I think it definitely should stand for this reason: that’s the third time that a Bruins’ player has gotten crosschecked to the face in the series, or had a stick to the face in the series from a Washington Capitals player, and it’s a habit that’s growing.”
The first two games of the series were relatively quiet and mostly controlled by the Capitals. But Game 3 was much different. The Bruins and Caps started playing a little bit more of a physical game and racked up 40 minutes of penalty time combined.
“People ask the question why are the Caps getting involved with the Bruins; why are they doing these things, why are they playing into their hands by ‘poking the bear’ so to speak, and I think it’s just because the Bruins force that on you in that kind of series. They’re going to make it happen one way or the other.”
Plus, find out which Washington Capitals player was waiting by the Bruins bus to apologize to Brad Marchand.