David Koci was clearly upset with his performance or the Colorado Avalanche's performance as they were mopped 6-1 last night by the Capitals in Denver. Koci saw a defenseless Mike Green as a source of venting lat in the second period.
As Green was up against the was behind the Washington net, Koci flew at him and pushed him and his face right into the glass. Green was knocked to the ground, received stitches above his eye, and was unable to return.
Koci was given a boarding major and a game misconduct penalty, but Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau wasn't satisfied. Boudreau, who is not prone to outbursts had a few words to say in a press conference later.
"Fifteen feet he saw Green's No. 52 and it didn't stop him one iota from hitting him in the back and going for the head," Boudreau said. "So I hope they throw the book at him.
"I've faced David Koci an awful lot, he might be a nice guy, I have no idea. I'm glad he's making a living, but if this is any other game, he gets on the ice for the first three minutes, he gets into his fight with the guy and then he sits at the end of the bench, so what good is he? It shows what we have to get rid of to have a good game."
The Capitals aren't strangers to being the victims of cheap shots. In a game versus the Philadelphia Flyers earlier this year, Matt Bradley was one-punch KO'd by Daniel Carcillio.
If you have seen the tape, Bradley clearly lost the fight, but the Capitals won the war as they blew the Flyers out 8-2.
Fighting has it's place in hockey as with other sports too. In the NHL, Ex-Capital Donald Brashear can't stay away from fights, Capitals' superstar Alex Ovechkin has had his share of scuffles, and who can ignore the most hated man in hockey, Sean Avery.
The NFL and NBA have their share of fights, in heated rivalries like the Ravens-Steelers or Vikings-Packers. The Cowboys and Giants recently got at after a cheap shot by Flozell Adams. Ron Artest has a history of fighting and scuffling as does the Shaqtus(Shaquille O'Neill).
Fighting is all part of the game, all of the emotions build up and spill over sometimes. It happens, it's just a fact of sports.
But what doesn't have a place in sports is cheap shots. The Capitals best defense man was knocked out of a game because of a flagrant and uncalled for shot. When has a cheap shot ever produced anything good?
What Boudreau was saying was that why be on a team when all your going to do is hurt it. Koci hurt his team, which showed in a 6-1 loss. Carcillio hurt his team even more, with an ejection and a nine minute power play, totaling in an 8-2 embarrassment.
Players refuse to learn that cheap shots hurt themselves more than the target. If people realized that, then maybe sports could be even more enjoyable.
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