Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Skinner hit had Bergeron hot
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- In the closing seconds of the Boston Bruins’ 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Monday night in Raleigh, N.C., Bruins assistant captain Patrice Bergeron was livid after he was taken out by an apparent slew-foot from the Hurricanes’ Jeff Skinner (NESN has video of the incident here).
It takes a lot for anything to bother Bergeron, but it was clearly upset with the incident and even threw a couple of punches while the linesmen tried to separate the two. Both players were given two minutes for roughing.
“It was just emotions, part of the game,” said a more subdued Bergeron after the team’s off-ice workouts Tuesday morning. “I just told him what I thought and that’s about it.
“That was the first time he did it [to me] but I thought it was uncalled for. The puck wasn’t even close.”
Bergeron said he’s not worried about whether or not Skinner should be fined or suspended for the play.
“No, I’m not going to get into that. I haven’t looked at replay, but I know he did it. At the same time, I don’t really care what happens. I don’t think anything will happen out of it.”
Bruins coach Claude Julien said Tuesday morning he has not seen the replay of the incident, but hopes the league looks at the play.
“To be honest, I haven’t watched it that part,” Julien said. “The league looks into those kind of things. Whether we complain, or don’t complain, it doesn’t really matter because the league is in charge of that. They can deal with it the way they feel.”
Bruins forward Brad Marchand was fined $2,500 for a slew-foot incident in December of 2011.