Police in riot gear marched on the intersection of Addison and Southport about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday after a raucous crowd celebrating the Blackhawks Stanley Cup victory started throwing glass bottles at police vehicles.
The rowdy scene was one of the last stands staged by revelers who descended on the Wrigleyville neighborhood after the Hawks victory, which was sealed in the final minutes of the third period.
Twenty-three were reportedly arrested for reckless conduct, disorderly conduct and battery; however, “crowds remained mostly peaceful,” according to a police spokesman.
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“You don’t like seeing your star players (fight), but you also understand that it’s an emotional game and that stuff happens and at one point a player says, ‘Enough is enough and I’m going to stand up for myself,’” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said after the game, as per the Boston Herald.
“From what I gathered there was a lot of slashes behind the legs behind the play and stuff like that. He took things upon himself. As much as you don’t like it, you can’t tell him he’s not allowed. He’s a big boy and he can certainly make some decisions on the ice. And it’s not the first time that he’s fought. But I like the fact that he doesn’t fight much.”
After this incident, there’s no doubt that the Bruins will tell Bergeron to keep his gloves on from now on.
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