By Elaine Donnelly
Extending sexual misconduct to combat units
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
In the corner of the Boston Bruins' locker room, hanging from the hooks in Andrew Ference's stall, is a yellow running singlet with the team's "Spoked B" logo on the front.
Hendricks had six fighting majors through the Caps' first 27 games, more than the rest of his teammates combined. He fought twice Saturday at the Boston Bruins in a game that underscored how much this team needs Hendricks to answer the bell when opponents take liberties.
The Capitals were bruised and battered after the whistles and between them got blown out of the building 4-1 by the Bruins. Goaded into fights and involved in a lot of pushing and shoving, they fell into the trap of playing Boston's physical style.
Troy Brouwer and his wife, Carmen, knew their first child was on the way, due in mid-October. Kylie Marie was born Oct. 14, about a month into the NHL lockout.
Jordan Staal got chills.
As the No. 2 pick in the 2010 draft, Tyler Seguin probably didn't expect to sit out playoff games last season as a healthy scratch. His first two games back, he piled up six points and played a key role in the Boston Bruins' Stanley Cup run.
Dale Hunter was no saint as a player, but as a coach he made it clear he wasn't happy that the Boston Bruins were targeting Nicklas Backstrom's head. The Washington Capitals coach said it crossed the line and was "not the right way to play."
This might be the last thing fans and critics on one side of the longest-running debate in hockey want to hear, especially in light of the rising number of concussions:
The Stanley Cup glistened in the morning sun, the nearly 35-pound symbol of NHL supremacy raised high over the head of 255-pound Zdeno Chara.
The Bruins were facing elimination in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals, and Mark Recchi knew just how to keep his teammates focused.
This is a whole different series now.
There goes the shutout.
And the gloves are off.
Just about every whistle is bringing fisticuffs now.
Bruins forward Nathan Horton was taken off the ice on a stretcher, strapped to a backboard, after a frightening collision with Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome.
"Obviously, what they do is above and beyond it," Thornton said.
"He was right there," said forward Shawn Thornton, one of the Boston players who has struck up a friendship with the U.S. Army sergeant who was running the marathon for the team's charity.