Rene Bourque might not face any kind of punishment for a dangerous hit Sunday on New York Rangers rookie Carl Hagelin, but that might be even better for the Washington Capitals.
If the Montreal Canadiens forward does not face supplemental discipline, he’ll be in the lineup Wednesday at Bell Centre to face the Caps for the first time since his suspension-worthy elbow to the head of Nicklas Backstrom. Caps players talked about wanting to get some payback, and this could be a chance.
It looked possible that they wouldn’t get the opportunity after Bourque laid a big hit on Hagelin Sunday, but replays indicated he went shoulder to shoulder. Hagelin crashed into the boards at an awkward angle and Rangers players took exception to it, but no penalty was called. NHL spokesman John Dellapina said in an email that there was no disciplinary hearing scheduled for Bourque.
Bourque was suspended five games for his elbow on Backstrom that took place when he was with the Calgary Flames. Sunday was his first game back from that ban.
Here’s video of the hit: