Don Cherry and Ron MacLean hosted their usual Coach’s Corner during Hockey Night in Canada before the end of Monday’s Game Three match between the Hurricanes and the Capitals.
They discussed the fight between Alex Ovechkin and Andrei Svechnikov and ultimately came to opposite conclusions.
Here is the transcript of Cherry and MacLean’s comments about the incident.
Don Cherry: Now. I got something to show you. Right off the presses, as they say. I going to ask you a question, cause you and I get it.
Now watch this here: little shot there, little shot there, little shot there. “You want to fool around?” A good look in here. Now watch this, “you want to go?” This is a pretty good one. They only show the one bench [punch?]. “You wanna fool around?” And down he goes.
Don Cherry: Now. You say what? Go ahead.
Ron MacLean: I say he shouldn’t have picked on the kid.
Don Cherry: He never picked on a kid! If you’re a kid, and you want to go–he gave Ovechkin a hard time, Ovechkin didn’t want to go. That guy played for Barry [Trotz], by the way.
Ron MacLean: What do you mean [Ovechkin] didn’t want to go? He invited him to go.
Don Cherry: Listen: when you stick a guy, and you go after a guy, you better be prepared. I’m not knocking [Svechnikov], he had a lot of guts.
Ron MacLean: It’s funny, when Ovechkin hit Jagr at the Vancouver Olympics, and Jagr was kind of at the tail end of his career and Ovechkin’s full of–[gestures with fists, perhaps attempting to convey Ovechkin’s youthful vigor]–I thought, I don’t know.
Don Cherry: Look, [Svechnikov] was looking for trouble. I’m not knocking the guy…
Ron MacLean: He’s a key player. Maybe there’s a background [we don’t know about], right?
Don Cherry: When you look for trouble, you find it.
Ron MacLean: Play with a bull–
Don Cherry: –yeah, you fight with the bull, you get the horn.
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