But Hendricks had six fighting majors through the Caps’ first 27 games, more than the rest of his teammates combined. He fought twice in a 4-1 loss Saturday at the Boston Bruins in a game that underscored how much this team needs Hendricks to answer the bell when opponents take liberties.
“Not a lot of guys have that job, not a lot of guys want to do that job,” right wing Joey Crabb said. “Good job on him for stepping up. Two fights, one game, and he had to fight a couple tough guys, so it’s a tough job.”
“It kind of goes with the territory,” Hendricks said.
Hockey fans who weren’t familiar with Hendricks before HBO’s “24/7” documentary series in 2010 found out what he was about when they saw his bruised and bloodied right eye, the result of a sucker punch from Sean Avery.
“Horton and I seemed to be bumping into each other after every whistle,” Hendricks said. “I don’t know if it was intended by him or intending as part of their game plan, but it seemed to happen and that’s part of hockey. That’s part of playing the Boston Bruins in Boston. It’s the way they play, and you’ve got to know that it’s coming.”
Hendricks fought Horton eight seconds after Boston instigator Brad Marchand goaded Mike Ribeiro into his first NHL fight. But Hendricks also knew retribution would be coming after fighting Horton, who isn’t just a skill player but has a concussion history.
It didn’t even matter that Horton asked to fight.
“I ended up getting the better of him in the fight and that’s the price you have to pay in a 4-1 game against them at home,” Hendricks said.
“That’s the biggest joke I’ve ever seen, in my opinion,” defenseman Karl Alzner said. “The fact that [officials] let those guys corner a guy like that. For all they know Hendy had a broken hand and he can’t fight.”View Entire Story
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