If you didn't watch the Colorado Avalanche - Anaheim Ducks game to the end, you missed Roy getting a tad angry at Boudreau.
Roy's temper surfaced at the final buzzer when he shoved the glass partition separating the team benches and exchanged angry words with Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. He was angered because moments before the Ducks scored, MacKinnon was knocked down by defenseman Ben Lovejoy with what Roy said was a knee-on-knee hit. No penalty was called.
"I was not very happy," Roy said. "First of all, I mean, to see a defenseman knee our guy. I mean, that was a knee-on-knee hit. That should have been a penalty in my opinion, and I certainly didn't like that. When it's 6-0, I don't think this game needs that type of cheap shot. But after that there was some talk from the coaches, I guess. But at the same time, what should I do? He put his fourth line on the ice. I'm not going to go with my first line. I went with my fourth line and, that's it. I was matching all night long, by the way."
Matt Duchene is telling us a story about growing up a Colorado Avalanche fan. Not just a fan, but the kind of follower who cannot bear the idea of his heroes failing, of Joe Sakic andPatrick Roy and Peter Forsberg losing a playoff series. The kind of fan who is heartsick with each loss and is filled with joy with each victory.
"Growing up, I can't even being to express how big of an Avs fan I was. One year, in 1999, they lost to Dallas in the conference finals and I wasn't allowed to stay up to watch the end of the game," Duchene told ESPN.com recently. "I woke up the next morning and my dad had put a piece of paper and taped it to my TV and said, 'Dallas 2, Colorado 1, Sorry, pal.' I started crying. I was bawling my eyes out."
The young Duchene was such a Roy fan that he initially wanted to be a goaltender.
After the Parros injury, players are defending their right to fight in the NHL.
“I mean, that’s the crappy part of the game right there, when guys get hurt, possibly seriously hurt,” said Leafs goaltender James Reimer, who made 33 saves. “I heard from some of the guys that he was talking, that he was coherent. So that’s good. But that’s the real crappy part of the game. You don’t want to see guys get hurt like that.
“They go in there and they fight, they’ve got a ton of heart and a ton of soul, and they really do a lot for your respective teams. It’s part of the toughest job in all of sports. A ton of respect for those guys, and you never want to see that happen. So best wishes and prayers with him and his family.”Dario Ayala / The Montreal Gazette
“There’s more injuries caused from pucks and hits than from fighting,” said Canadiens defenceman Josh Gorges. “And George would be the first one to agree with me.”
“Those are some of the guys who are most well-respected in the dressing room, leaders for the team, and obviously you hate to see a guy go down like that,” said Toronto’s Nazem Kadri. “And again, I just wish him the best, and I felt bad for him, and hopefully he gets back out there real soon … You need those enforcers to patrol the ice and keep things in order.”