Matt Hendricks was not a popular Washington Capital on Saturday, and Adam McQuaid was at the top of the list of people who wanted to tear a strip off him.
As the game was winding down and it was pretty clear that the Bruins were in the driver’s seat, it was time to settle some other scores. Shawn Thornton lined up across from Hendricks, and could’ve cared less if there was a puck on the ice. He was not subtle – pretty comical stuff, actually.
But lo! While Thornton was hunting Hendricks, the latter noticed McQuaid (or vice versa), and he realized that he was going to have to fight someone here, and while McQuaid is a tough cookie, he’s no Shawn Thornton.
So Hendricks took the logical course of action: juke Thornton to get to the not-remotely-easy-but-still-slightly-easier fight.
I loved the shimmy – it’s like he was taking a shootout attempt or something he was so tricky.